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Portland’s voluntary human shields bring a new kind of solidarity to America

Professor Neve Gordon has written an opinion piece for Newsweek on the protests in Portland


Neve Gordon, Professor of International Law and Human Rights at Queen Mary, along with his colleague Dr Nicola Perugini, have written an opinion piece for Newsweek on the use of human shields in America. They write: “Even as the images coming out of Portland are terrifying, they are also hopeful. They reveal how ultimately thousands of white citizens have come to realise that commitment towards racial justice ultimately requires holding hands in the frontline to form anti-racist human walls against state violence. The decision to pull the federal troops out of the city suggests that this kind of resistance is working.”

Read their full piece on Newsweek.



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