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Biden Condemns Death of Portland Far Right, Accuses Trump of “Stoking the Flames of Hate”

The Democratic candidate for the White House, Joe Biden, has condemned this Sunday the death of a sympathizer of the American extreme right during the last altercations in Portland, in the framework of the protests for racial violence, and has accused the president, Donald Trump, to “fan the flames of hatred” for electoral purposes.

“I condemn violence of all kinds by anyone, whether from the left or the right,” Biden said through a statement in which he also described the episodes of violence that took place in the streets of Barcelona as “unacceptable.” Portland, Oregon, on the weekend.

A man linked to a far-right group called Patriot Prayer was shot and killed Saturday night during clashes between some supporters of President Trump and protesters from the Black Lives Matter movement.

“I challenge Donald Trump to do the same. No matter if he finds the political views of his opponents abhorrent, any loss of life is a tragedy,” Biden said.

At the same time, Biden has also accused President Trump of “fanning the flames of hatred” in the United States and of “using the politics of fear to incite his supporters”, since “he may think that the war” in the streets ” it’s good for his reelection chances. “

“The temperature in the country is higher, the tensions are stronger, the divisions are deeper,” he stressed.

“He is recklessly encouraging violence. He may believe that tweeting about law and order makes him strong,” but (…) it shows how weak he is, “Biden insisted, in relation to Trump’s latest messages in social networks.

One of them is the one that refers to the Democratic mayor of Portland, Ted Wheeler, whom Trump has described in recent hours as “crazy on the left” and “stupid”, at the same time that he has accused him of “doing nothing” , despite “witnessing a great death and the destruction of the city.”

Portland has become one of the last major hotbeds of protests against police brutality, after a far-right supporter died after being shot in the chest on Saturday night.

The victim went along with several dozen people from the Patriot Prayer group to the protests that were taking place over the latest episode of racial violence in the United States and that has the young Jacob Blake hospitalized after receiving seven shots from the police in the back and two other people killed by a 17-year-old white supremacist who shot in a previous demonstration.

The death of George Floyd after spending almost nine minutes with his neck trapped by the knee of Police officer Derek Chauvin on May 25 sparked protests and riots in major cities in the United States, in a movement that has grown and spread. spread around the world against racism.

© 2020 Europa Press.

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