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Yahoo! BooksAug 17, 2019
Proud Boys Declare Portland Rally a Success: ‘Go Look at President Trump's Twitter'
Jim Urquhart/ReutersHundreds of far-right protesters swarmed downtown Portland on Saturday with many of them looking as if they were ready to do battle against the anti-fascist demonstrators who'd gathered to confront them. But the "potentially dangerous and volatile" situation the city's mayor had warned of seems to have fizzled out rather quickly after the Proud Boys and other far-right groups behind the protest reportedly asked police to help them leave the area. Their quick exit from the long-awaited stand-off against antifacist groups came just a few hours after President Trump signaled he was watching—which was apparently all many on the far-right wanted anyway. "Go look at President Trump's Twitter," Proud Boys protest organizer Joe Biggs told The Oregonian when asked what message the group wanted to convey. "He talked about Portland, said he's watching antifa. That's all we wanted. We wanted national attention, and we got it. Mission success."In the tweet, Trump said "major consideration" was being given to naming antifa as an "organization of terror." He added that he was watching the situation in Portland, and that he hoped the mayor could "properly do his job."Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler responded to the jab in an interview with CNN, saying the president's tweet was "not helpful." "This is a potentially dangerous and volatile situation, and adding to that noise doesn't do anything to support or help the efforts that are going on here in Portland."Police seiz

Yahoo! ArtsAug 17, 2019
Indian authorities begin easing clampdown in Kashmir
Authorities in Indian-administered Kashmir began restoring landline phone services on Saturday after a nearly two-week security crackdown and news blackout following a decision by India's government to downgrade the Muslim-majority region's autonomy. Shahid Choudhary, a government administrator in Srinagar, the region's main city, said restrictions were being lifted in most areas and government offices were open. Rohit Kansal, another administrator in Srinagar, said there were six to seven minor incidents of protests in areas which remained under a lockdown, suggesting clashes with security forces.

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