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#Riseup #StandWithHongKong #FightForHongKong #WatchTheWater. Yesterday the authorities in Hong Kong declared that today’s March was illegal & anyone attending would be arrested. That fell on deaf ears as hundreds of thousands poured into the streets today. #RainOrShine
Since this March was declared illegal it was decided that today’s event would be a “Religious March” as the police can’t arrest anyone at a religious event. #ThesePeopleAreBrilliant #HiveMind! This showed up at a religious gathering last night.

Photo credit: @Lukewearechange
.@Lukewearechange is OTG in #HongKong as free independent media funded by his supporters. Luke is the only reporter I know that is broadcasting with commentary. Excellent coverage provided from around the world. Here’s today’s coverage.

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Let's talk about #BlackBloc, and why some antifascists wear masks.

"Antifa" are anyone who stand up against fascism, masked or otherwise. Black bloc and antifa are not interchangeable terms. Black bloc is not a group but a tactic some use, sometimes. #DefendPDX
Black bloc traditionally acts as the first line of defense against violent fascists and out of control cops. They're people who train and prepare to take the brunt of the violence so other people who can't can still feel safe coming to a protest.
Black bloc as a tactic was developed by autonomists in Europe, then came to the US during protests like the "Battle in Seattle" against the World Trade Organization in 1999.

(This is long before groups of Americans were using the term "antifa" to describe themselves.)
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Proud Boys are beginning to assemble in Portland. As “normal” cops talk to Enrique Tarrio and Joe Biggs, officers in riot gear watch from a distance.

Follow my feed for updates and Facebook.com/n2sreports for livestream throughout today. #Portland #PortlandProtests #PortlandOR
A couple bike squads are hanging out around them with non-lethals.
Two short busses filled with Proud Boys just showed up. I’d say about 100 are here now.
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I’m going to start a #photojournalism thread where I share photos I’ve taken that few have seen. First up: At a Black Lives Matter-style protest in downtown Portland in 2016, a woman holds this sign as a reminder for white Portlanders.
A trans woman poses in front of a Portland antifa rally in June 2017. #AndyNgoPhotos
In June 2018, the Portland @ICEgov office was under siege by hundreds of angry occupiers. They blocked & guarded all the building's exits. Portland Police & Mayor @tedwheeler refused to help the trapped workers who pled for help. #AndyNgoPhotos wsj.com/articles/anarc…
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