Anti-government protesters broke windows at Oregon’s Democratic Party headquarters in Portland after gathering for an Inauguration Day rally.
A group of about 150 people marched on the Democratic Party headquarters Wednesday afternoon as part of one of four protests taking place in the city.
Although the Portland Police Bureau said two protests remained “largely peaceful”, the other two “resulted in property damage and arrests.” Police said some protesters broke windows and ransacked the Democratic headquarters building, leading to “selective arrests” by leading officials.
Portland Police Sgt. Kevin Allen said in the recorded video that eight people were arrested, including charges such as felony, possession of a destructive device and rioting.
Police recovered several weapons during the protests, including Molotov cocktails, knives, batons, chemical sprays and a crow.
– Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) January 21, 2021
The crowd wore all-black clothing, including several helmets and body armor, while police officers wore riot gear, Los Angeles Times reported. The newspaper described the protesters’ political views as “taking a hard pinch”, noting that they were self-described anarchists and had a banner stating, “We are invincible.”
While marching, the anarchists read a banner saying, “We don’t want Biden – we want revenge,” referring to President Biden, who was sworn in hours ago, as well as police murders of civilians. Chanted “Black Lives Matter”, even though the group’s local leaders said they did not want to be associated with the demonstrations.
200 leftist protesters are still on the streets in Portland, carrying Biden and anti-police messages.
“We are invincible,” a sign says. pic.twitter.com/WLTFpJrS03
– Mike Baker (@ByMikeBaker) 20 January 2021
According to the newspapers, protesters surrounded a person with an umbrella, recognizing that he spray painted the building with anti-Biden slogans and threw the anarchist symbol on the windows and walls.
The New York Times reported that the protesters also broke litter boxes and set one of them on fire.
A group of 150 people also landed at the city’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) offices around 9 pm, with police saying that some had electronic control weapons similar to pepper ball guns, tasers, shields and rocks, Was thrown into the building.
Portland police said federal law enforcement acted to disperse the mob. The ICE did not immediately return a request for comment.
The New York Times reported that federal authorities used tear gas and pepper balls to control the crowd.
“As always, we appreciate those who heard your voice without resorting to criminal activity. We respect the rights of free speech and assembly, ”Allen said in a video statement. “Going forward, we will keep an eye on any future events where we have reason to think about where criminal activity will occur, regardless of the political outlook of the people present in the gathering.”
The Democratic Party of Oregon said in a statement that she was “disappointed and disappointed” by the loss at her headquarters.
“We are grateful that none of our employees were in the building at that time,” said the party. “This is not the first time our building has been vandalized during the last one year – None of the events of the past have stopped us from our important work to elect Democrats up and down the ballot, and this will be no different. “
According to The New York Times, about 150 people also protested in Seattle, with federal protesters destroying windows and spray-painting anarchist symbols. The crowd raised anti-Trump and anti-Biden slogans, and A. The flyers distributed in the protests said, “A Democratic administration is not a victory for the oppressed.”
Portland protested for more than 100 consecutive nights in the wake of the police assassination of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May. Demonstrations have steadily decreased in recent weeks.