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US Far-Right celebrates Kyle Rittenhouse Acquittal as Protests break out.

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Girlfriend of Anthony Huber, man fatally shot by Kyle Rittenhouse, speaks  out

As French Presidential would-be candidate the national populist hardliner Éric Zemmour receives the backing of the violent outer fringes of the extreme right (the latest, Les Vilains Fachos, to add to la Famille Gallicane, who train in forests by shooting at caricatures of Jews, Muslims and Black people) and the far-right prepares to demonstrate today in Austria against new Covid measures, a reminder that racism and fascism are international phenomena that extend across the Atlantic. (1)

Sat, 20 November 2021,

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland police Friday night declared as a riot a demonstration downtown against the acquittal of a teen who killed two people and injured another during a protest in Wisconsin.

The protest of about 200 people was declared a riot after protesters started breaking windows, throwing objects at police and talked about burning down the Justice Center, KOIN TV reported.

The protesters gathered following the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse, 18, in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Oregon, Portland officials react to Kyle Rittenhouse not-guilty verdict: ‘Our hearts and souls are heavy’

Rittenhouse, now 18, killed Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, then shot to death Anthony Huber, 26, and wounded Gaige Grosskreutz, 28, in the summer of 2020 during a protest over the shooting of a Black man, Jacob Blake, by a white Kenosha police officer.

He claimed self-defense and was acquitted of all charges, including homicide and attempted homicide. He used an AR-style semi-automatic rifle, a weapon authorities said was illegally purchased for him because he was underage.

“Here in Portland especially it’s reasonable to expect there will be some type of reaction to the verdict,” Lovell said during a general news conference scheduled before the verdict was announced. “We’re supportive of peaceful protests, people exercising their First Amendment rights.”

Here’s a look at what others said:

Sandy Chung, executive director of Oregon ACLU, released a statement: “Our hearts and souls are heavy. We have so much anger, sorrow, and despair for the repeated violence and lack of accountability perpetuated by systemic racism and white supremacy. This jury verdict shows us again that anti-Black racism remains deeply embedded in our country’s consciousness and systems, including the legal system.”

Kyle Rittenhouse verdict – live: Protests across America as Biden ‘angry and concerned’ by decision

Kyle Rittenhouse has been found not guilty on all counts in his homicide trial, after four days of tense jury deliberations. The 18-year-old became visibly emotional as the verdict was read, seeming to cry and hyperventilate before hugging one of his attorneys.

Conservative politicians around the country celebrated the decision, with GOP congressman Madison Cawthorn offering Mr Rittenhouse an internship, and telling supporters to “be armed, be dangerous, and be moral” while exercising the right to self-defense.

Others, like writer and critic Roxane Gay, said the decision “emboldens white supremacist vigilantes.”

The White House on Friday said it was in touch with law officials in Kenosha, Wisconsin, about the controversial verdict, with press secretary Jen Psaki telling reporters, “We are supporting any effort towards peaceful protests.”

Mr Rittenhouse, 18, was facing five felony charges for shooting three men in the aftermath of police brutality protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin on 25 August 2020.

Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley called for any protests following the verdict to be peaceful.

“We ask that all members of the public accept the verdicts peacefully and not resort to violence,” he wrote in a statement on Friday.

Former president Donald Trump congratulated Rittenhouse on Friday, who is scheduled to speak with Fox News’s Tucker Carlson.

See: Kyle Rittenhouse Trial

(1) From

Zemmour’s tiresome ‘when-will-he-finally-declare’ campaign is is said to be running out of steam as he struggles to win over the necessary local elected figures for his Presidential nomination and his organisation looks decidedly shaky. From the best sources (Libération) ….Les équipes d’Eric Zemmour doutent, sa campagne marque le pas

Written by Andrew Coates

November 20, 2021 at 9:39 am

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  1. Can’t fail to notice that all the loudest anti-China Uyghurs rights voices in congress are right behind Rittenhouse. They are all furiously anti Black Lives Matter. Tom Cotton who loses sleep at night fretting about Uyghurs in Xinjiang has demanded that Biden personally apologizes to Rittenhouse. Two years ago he caused a stir by saying that slavery in the South wasn’t all bad, it had a purpose.

    Arwyn Thomas

    November 20, 2021 at 12:25 pm

  2. I live near Portland and there was some performative protesting/vandalism/direct action by a relatively small number of Antifa Black Bloc types (these people are anarchist communist in orientation and are quite separatist and hostile to the wider anti racist movement). The very large protests we saw last summer and fall were not replicated. It was notable how quickly they dropped off in terms of numbers last September. They went from a regular 4000 to around 400 over a couple of rainy weekends. Why? I have it on good authority that Democratic Party ward captains and the local representatives of the DNC started putting the word out to leave the streets as the November Election was approaching and more widespread protests would “Hurt Joe”. Thus numbers dropped off and all that was left were the hardcore anarchos. This has continued ever since with small scale actions and demos. The local BLM chapters (close to the Democrats) have also been attacking Antifa using Black separatist sloganeering.

    It’s a feature of Left wing politics in America of how incredibly dominant the Democratic Party are. The last widescale Left protests against a sitting Dem President was against Johnson in the 1960s. Since then every Democrat Party President has had pretty much unwavering support from the Left (the US anti war movement, so vocal under Bush, basically hibernated under Obama). It doesn’t seem to be that different under Biden (a man who was basically the political representative of the Credit Card industry for decades in the Senate).

    IainF

    November 20, 2021 at 5:33 pm


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