Riot has been declared in Portland after fire was lit in a police union building on the 51st day of protests

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Portland Police declared a riot on Saturday night after the police union building was broken into and a fire started. It was the 51st night of protests in Portland, where federal authorities were dispatched despite opposition from local and state officials.Portland Police said in a statement on Sunday that they declared a riot “due to the large group’s violent behavior creating a serious risk of public alert.” The crowd started to disperse when the police posted a public service announcement.

Federal officers again deployed tear gas on Saturday evening as the fences were torn down around the federal courthouse, where officers and protesters have already clashed, reported CBS Portland affiliate KOIN. The fence around the courthouse fell on Friday evening, was repaired and replaced on Saturday, and then demolished again.

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