Portland rioters attack federal courthouse, set fires, and bash Biden: 'New president same imperialism'
Portland Police are bracing for a 'No Borders' protest
Violence erupted in Portland on Thursday night as rioters targeted the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse. Federal officers were dispatched to quell the unrest that included fires and windows smashed.
There had been regular protests and riots in downtown Portland since the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Despite frequent and reoccurring unrest in the area of the federal courthouse, the protective fence surrounding the federal courthouse was taken down Thursday for the first time since last summer, KGW reported.
Black-clad protesters swarmed the Oregon courthouse Thursday night. A group of around 50 gathered at the federal courthouse building, according to KOIN reporter Jennifer Dowling. Fires were set near the courthouse, and rioters ripped down plywood in order to break the windows on the federal building. One rioter used a scooter to smash a window.
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It appears as if some people have broken in the glass on the front doors of the federal courthouse building after ripping down the plywood & setting it on fire. #koin6news #pdx #Oregon #Portland #pnw pic.twitter.com/2RfgoPmNlm— Jennifer Dowling (@JenDowlingKoin6) March 12, 2021
Someone in the group set fire to the plywood on the building at the entrance to the courthouse. Federal officers are responding with crowd control munitions. #koin6news #pdx #pnw #Oregon #Portland pic.twitter.com/pQS1IPV7iL— Jennifer Dowling (@JenDowlingKoin6) March 12, 2021
A guy uses a scooter to bash in the window before getting hit with what sounds & smells like pepper balls or some other kind of crowd control munitions #koin6news #pdx #pnw #Oregon #Portland pic.twitter.com/EuyXiYejjs— Jennifer Dowling (@JenDowlingKoin6) March 12, 2021
After trying to extinguish the fire DHS agents headed back into the building. The fire grows once again. pic.twitter.com/yoVUK4CESN— Garrison Davis (keyboard cowboy) (@hungrybowtie) March 12, 2021
Salmon Street in downtown Portland is filled up with teargas and smoke so thick that it becomes impossible to see. pic.twitter.com/iZnh9xdmL3— Garrison Davis (keyboard cowboy) (@hungrybowtie) March 12, 2021
Photojournalist Garrison Davis shared images on Twitter of the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse spray-painted with graffiti, some read "Black Lives Matter," "New President Same Imperialism," "Fascists Live Here," and the anti-police acronym "ACAB" that means "All cops are bastards."
I’m heading out but I’ll leave you with these four photos. pic.twitter.com/YB44wSFGnL— Garrison Davis (keyboard cowboy) (@hungrybowtie) March 12, 2021
Gaurdian Angels Get Caught Filming Faces Of People Marching At The Stonewall Protest....The People React And Chase Them Into The Subway...Guardian Angels Work Alongside The NYPD, And The People Were Not Happy Being Filmed By Them. @AshAgony #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/CP3mF1HcXb— steve_4_nypd_accountability (@Copwatch_CPU) March 12, 2021
Earlier Thursday, there was a confrontation at the entrance to the federal courthouse, according to journalist Andy Ngo.
“F— the United States!” Antifa try to break into the federal courthouse in Portland. Federal officials just removed the barricades protecting the building after months of #antifa attacks on the building. Now they’re back again. #PortlandRiots— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) March 11, 2021
KING-TV reported, "Police said a group of people invaded the lobby of an office building" in downtown Portland on Thursday. "Officers arrived and found about 30 people refusing to leave, some smoking inside, some with pets," police said in a news release. "The situation escalated when people began damaging property, including a television and the front doors to the building." A Wells Fargo bank in Oregon's biggest city was also attacked Thursday.
#Antifa and other far-left rioters in Portland tried to break into the @Chase bank. A lone security guard tried holding them back. He pulled out a pistol during the mob attack. #PortlandRiots pic.twitter.com/Sw3SU8PO0A— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) March 12, 2021
Just an idea Tifa attacked two banks in Portland yesterday before their siege attempts on the courthouse. This was Wells Fargo. They are big mad over some pipeline with the banks. pic.twitter.com/R8wlmayL04— CIA-Simulation Warlord 🇺🇸🦈🇺🇸 (@zerosum24) March 12, 2021
The Portland police acknowledged that they are aware of protests planned for Friday and the weekend. "We are aware of events planned tomorrow and this weekend in which people plan to gather and demonstrate. Demonstration Liaison Officers (DLOs) are available to work with community members organizing these events," the Portland police tweeted on Thursday. "DLOs work with event organizers to better ensure a safe environment for event participants and non-participating community members." Ngo shared an alleged poster for the "Direct Action March," that calls for "No Justice No Peace." The poster also reads, "No Borders! No Nations! Abolish Deportation!" There is reportedly a warning from the protesters to the public "not engage with the demonstrators in any way, including yelling at them or filming them in plain view, as it may result in retaliatory action by the demonstrators." Read Full Article
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