Violence continued in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday night into Sunday morning as a “peaceful protest” once again became a riot, with activists blockading streets, setting fire to the police union offices, and attacking local police.
According to a press statement by the Portland Police Department, several protests had been peaceful on Saturday until a march Saturday evening blocked traffic illegally outside the offices of the Portland Police Association, the local police union. “People within the crowd committed crimes when they erected a fence, pushed dumpsters into the street to block traffic, set a dumpster on fire, vandalized the PPA office with spray paint, and destroyed security cameras,” police said.
According to journalist Andy Ngô, members of the extremist group Antifa disabled an external security camera at the building:
The rioters then succeeded in breaking into the building, knocking through plywood and setting a fire inside it:
A riot was declared after a group broke into the @PPAVigil offices, started a fire, and continued to feed the fire more fuel. This is a terribly dangerous situation. Officers moved the crowd so the fire could be extinguished before it could grow out of control. https://t.co/GyBrgqcK0e
— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) August 9, 2020
The Portland Police Department released a Ring video showing surveillance footage of the fire as it burned inside:
The crowd had also set several fires throughout the town, and had built several barricades, some apparently aflame, all over northern Portland. According to Ngô, rioters also threatened local residents who were watching the scene unfold:
Police attempted to disperse the crowd, and were attacked with glass bottles and lasers. Some officers were injured:
Time to use the water Cannons on these filthy creatures full blast time to deport all of them
Give them what they ask for, it will never ever satisfy their lust for destruction of our culture and country.
Portland Police have abandoned their city. It’s on them.
Why do they protest in one of the most liberal cities in the country? If liberalism can’t satisfy them… what can? WHO can?
Perhaps all they want is a soft place to commit lots of violence.
A one way trip to the Amazon no returns all these violent jerks need to go