Hundreds of people gather in Portland to protest death of George Floyd

About 300 people gathered in protest outside the Portland city hall Sunday afternoon in protest of the death of George Floyd of Minnesota.They chanted and carried signs that said phrases like “Black Lives Matter” and “I can’t breathe.”At one point demonstrators marched in two separate groups, with one blocking traffic on the Franklin Arterial intersection by linking arms and then holding a “die in.” “It really spoke out to people,” said Chadda Chhoeun, a demonstrator from Westbrook. “It really made people to notice that something is wrong with our system and we have to do something about it.”A large group of demonstrators occupied space outside the Portland Police station, chanting “We want the Chief,” a reference to Police Chief Frank Clark and the group’s demand for him to address their concerns over systemic racism and police brutality. In an open letter to the community on Friday, Portland Police Chief Frank Clark issued a statement that said in part, “You should know that the Portland Police Department has policies and strategies in place in order to prevent such a tragedy from happening here.”Protests started Friday and have been continuing throughout the weekend. Also on Sunday afternoon, a smaller protest of sorts gathered in Kennebunk. Some protesters there, said they had plans to attend the Portland protest as well. Some protesters were wearing mask, though social distancing was not being widely practiced.

About 300 people gathered in protest outside the Portland city hall Sunday afternoon in protest of the death of George Floyd of Minnesota.

They chanted and carried signs that said phrases like “Black Lives Matter” and “I can’t breathe.”

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At one point demonstrators marched in two separate groups, with one blocking traffic on the Franklin Arterial intersection by linking arms and then holding a “die in.”

“It really spoke out to people,” said Chadda Chhoeun, a demonstrator from Westbrook. “It really made people to notice that something is wrong with our system and we have to do something about it.”

A large group of demonstrators occupied space outside the Portland Police station, chanting “We want the Chief,” a reference to Police Chief Frank Clark and the group’s demand for him to address their concerns over systemic racism and police brutality.

In an open letter to the community on Friday, Portland Police Chief Frank Clark issued a statement that said in part, “You should know that the Portland Police Department has policies and strategies in place in order to prevent such a tragedy from happening here.”

Protests started Friday and have been continuing throughout the weekend.

Also on Sunday afternoon, a smaller protest of sorts gathered in Kennebunk. Some protesters there, said they had plans to attend the Portland protest as well.

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Some protesters were wearing mask, though social distancing was not being widely practiced.