(PORTLAND, OREGON, 7/16/20) — The Oregon chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Oregon) today condemned the Trump Administration for sending in federal law enforcement into Portland in order to suppress Oregonians advocating for justice at Black Lives Matter protests.
Federal law enforcement is utilizing unmarked vehicles to detain protesters. Further, federal law enforcement has repeatedly fired upon peaceful protesters causing multiple injuries, which includes shooting one individual in the head who is currently still hospitalized.
In a statement, CAIR-Oregon Spokesperson Zakir Khan said:
“The level of repression by federal law enforcement entities that we have witnessed in Portland is unconscionable. Oregonians who have engaged in peaceful protest have been tear-gassed and shot at multiple times. Further, we are now seeing escalating tactics with protesters being unlawfully detained by unknown Federal law enforcement entities.
“We believe the First Amendment is worth fighting for and celebrating. We know the Trump administration doesn’t care for it, but we do. We are deeply concerned that Portland will become Kent State unless both judges and other officials intervene. The outside agitators from Donald Trump’s paramilitary force must be withdrawn from Portland immediately.”
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: Zakir Khan, CAIR-Oregon Spokesperson, 626-502-8450.