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    • Smoke pellets launched during protests in Portland
    • Heavily-armed federal police officers dispatched to Portland to contain the unrest
    • A man holding placard 'Feds Go Home'
    • A disabled person at the protest against racial inequality in Portland
    • Protesters near grafitti-covered courthouse
    • Mark O'Hatfield courthouse in Portland, where protesters gathered to speak out against racism
    • Demonstrators wearing masks and protective headwear during the protests in Portland
    • Protests have been ongoing in Portland for nearly two months, sparked by George Floyd's killing
    • Protesters defaced the walls of the courthouse with graffiti
    • Two demonstrators sitting in the middle of the road in Portland
    • Federal police officers at the scene of the protests
    • Green fumes are rising as a smoke pellet was launched at the protests
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    Smoke pellets launched during protests in Portland

    The city of Portland has been hit by nightly protests against racial discrimination and police brutality, catalysed by George Floyd's murder by a police officer in late May. As the protests turned violent, President Donald Trump ordered federal law enforcement officers to the city to contain the disturbances.

    Smoke, litter, clamour, loud bangs, scores of angry people and heavy-armed federal police officers - this is what the citizens of Portland, Oregon witnessed in the early hours of Wednesday as demonstrations against racism and police brutality engulfed the city.

    Sputnik invites you to have a peak at the havoc wreaked in the city in a photo gallery which our team prepared for you.

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