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In the early days of the US invasion of Iraq the people of Portland, Oregon repeatedly took to the streets to express their grievances with the policies of their government. Despite the protests being peaceful and law-abiding police brutality and repression increased against those who chose to exercise their first amendment rights. In the wake of these events, several federal civil rights lawsuits were filed against the city.
Originally posted by boombye
we all know oregon has lots of activists and conspiracy believers if i might add, i mean who here has ever been to Eugene?
Originally posted by Pisky
I thought that 'Martial Law' means that the Military take control. These protesters were beaten by police, not military. Not martial law, just a few cops taking out their frustrations in a not very nice way.
Fact: Martial law gets declared several times in the U.S. each year. Generally it's in areas that have been devastated by hurricanes, floods, or tornados. In some cases, it's declared in areas where situations have escalated to rioting (the 1968 Democratic National Convention is a good example.) And if I'm not mistaken, it was also declared during some of the recent World Trade Organization problems (the meeting in Seattle.)