Antifa extremists reportedly went on another violent rampage in Portland Tuesday night. They attacked police officers, vandalized businesses, and lit fires along the roads they marched. The riots broke out on the anniversary of George Floyd’s death.
The riotous event followed a separate peaceful rally earlier in the evening. Portland police reported a group of activists sang and danced as they walked peacefully along with the city.
However, a group of people wearing helmets and gas masks, and carrying backpacks and tote bags arrived.
Set Fire To A Dumpster And Threw Objects At Police
Initially, some people tried to start a fire in a dumpster. Then, a group approached the Justice Center and covered their actions by holding open umbrellas.
Two people pried at doors on the north side of the building. Several people also used umbrellas to conceal their actions and lit a fire in the dumpster at about 9:21 p.m. while people chanted to burn the building down.
As police and firefighters attempted to douse the dumpster fire, people threw frozen water and glass bottles, eggs, and metal spikes at the police.
They also fired mortar-style fireworks at the law enforcement officers. They also tore fencing to create a barricade on Southwest 4th Avenue.
While the crowd blocked the intersection of Southwest 3rd Avenue and Southwest Main Street, some incited the rest of the group to continue moving while destroying property along the way.
By 9:51 pm, the 200 plus crowd moved west toward City Hall. Along the way, they broke windows, damaged property, and spray-painted leftist messages.
They also fought among themselves and lit trash can fires. Police overheard some group members saying it was a successful night.
Later, the Epoch Times reported that Portland police arrested five people in connection with the riots last Tuesday. Police said that the five belonged to the crowd that set fire to a dumpster near the Justice Center. According to a Portland Police Bureau, many people chanted “Burn the building down” as they marched toward the Justice Center.
Reports described the Tuesday night crowd as dressed in Antifa-favored clothing. Antifa is the far-left, anarcho-communist network that advocates for the abolition of police.
The group frequently targets Portland Mayor and Police Commissioner Ted Wheeler. Lately, the mayor turned against rioters, calling them anarchists bent on destruction. He called on Portland community members to help unmask the group to help prosecute and arrest them.
Portland is dealing with Antifa extremists and other groups stirring unrest for a year now, starting with the death of Floyd in Minneapolis.
In the spring of 2020, rioters set fire to the Justice Center. Then, they tried to do the same at the US courthouse downtown, only to be met by federal officers.
Portland featured nightly clashes between rioters and officers until the federal troops left. This left a combined city-state police force to deal with Antifa extremists and their lot.
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