Rioters vandalized several buildings in downtown Portland, Oregon, on Saturday night in one of the largest protests in weeks, according to reports.
About 150 people marched through Portland’s Pearl District in what is called a “direct action” event, smashing windows of businesses such as Starbucks, Chipotle, Umpqua Bank and Urban Pantry and tagging them with graffiti, KION-TV reported in Portland.
A vandal wrote “banks suck” on the front of Umpqua Bank, tweeted a reporter for the Portland Tribune.
The protesters were protesting the immigration policy of the Biden administration and the federal agency Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
RIOTERS TRY TO BREAK THE DOOR OF PORTLAND POLICE ASSOCIATION
The White House received a progressive setback this month when it reopened a shelter in Texas intended to house unaccompanied migrant teens. Amid the setback, the administration has stated that the shelter “will not stay open for long.”
Before Saturday’s riots, several Portland business owners closed their windows in anticipation of the planned protest, FOX 12 reported in Portland.
“We have removed everything that could cause damage tonight,” Jim Rice, owner of Fields Bar and Grill, told the station. The restaurant was already damaged on Friday. It was unclear if it suffered further damage on Saturday.
“When these people come in, and we’ve lost a whole day of business, which means that it’s affecting my team member’s wages. This has been going on for nine months,” he continued. “Where are our resources? When do we get enough resources to finally go after and fix this?”
Profanity-laden slogans and messages such as “No children in cages” were spray-painted throughout the nearby ICE field office.
Windows were also smashed at a grocery store, a restaurant, a shipping company and several coffee shops, police said.
Portland riots caused at least $ 2.3 million in damage to federal buildings in the city, state attorney says
Portland police initiated the arrests around 10 p.m. ET and warned protesters that if they did not disperse they could be subjected to tear gas and impact munitions, KGW-TV reported in Portland.
Police noted in a press release that while tear gas was restricted, it could be used after an ignored warning.
Agents were also limited in their ability to respond to the incidents due to several shootings throughout the city, according to the statement.
Officers made two arrests: A 31-year-old was arrested for first-degree criminal mischief, and a 17-year-old was arrested for interfering with a police officer and escaping in the third degree.
The department said it could arrest more rioters.
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Portland has faced months of anti-police protests and riots that ignited with the death in police custody of George Floyd in Minneapolis last May.