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Portland Demonstrators Attack Federal Courthouse on Day 55 of Violent Protests

Portland Demonstrators Attack Federal Courthouse on Day 55 of Violent Protests
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Demonstrators in Portland took to the streets on the 55th night of protests in the city, attacking the federal courthouse yet again, vandalizing federal and private property, and setting several fires throughout the city.

Over 1,000 protesters gathered in downtown Portland Tuesday evening for another night of violent demonstrations, setting their sights on the Federal Courthouse, Justice Center, and Central Precinct. According to the Portland Police Bureau (PPB), several protesters equipped with bats, shields, and gas masks “kicked and pounded on plywood attached to the west exterior glass doors of the Federal Courthouse” around 11 p.m. using various tools. They ultimately breached the west side doors of the building, prompting a response from federal law enforcement:

#portlandprotests day 55 pic.twitter.com/ipNN5Vb4WK

— Sergio Olmos (@MrOlmos) July 22, 2020

Joe Biden: In Portland, federal law enforcement is ‘brutally attacking peaceful protesters.’ https://t.co/XgKhxMof8A

— Byron York (@ByronYork) July 22, 2020

A crowd regathered after midnight at the Federal Courthouse and “set a fire outside the west side doors located on the portico,” forcing federal law enforcement to respond again. According to the PPB, demonstrators began to stack barricades and sections of fence outside the building, “which created a hazard to those who needed to exit the building”:

Antifa and BLM militants are barricading the front of the Portland federal courthouse using plywood and sandbags tonight. #PortlandRiots pic.twitter.com/F3SWx6uqtb

— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) July 22, 2020

Federal law enforcement move rioters back after they barricaded the courthouse’s front door. The officers clear out their blockade. #PortlandRiots pic.twitter.com/7yfxnNRwQc

— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) July 22, 2020

Rioters gather in military-style formation with their shields. The area outside the Portland federal courthouse is blanketed in tear gas. #PortlandRiots #antifa pic.twitter.com/BiP6Vb7sjT

— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) July 22, 2020

Rioters barricade the Portland federal courthouse again with stolen property from around the area. #antifa pic.twitter.com/UZsC5zD2gB

— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) July 22, 2020

Federal officers move from the east and the south, pushing protestors back using tear gas and impact munitions pic.twitter.com/j3G2akAEhh

— Sergio Olmos (@MrOlmos) July 22, 2020

Per the PPB:

Around 1:00 a.m., some people associated with the group opened a fire hydrant at Southwest 3rd Avenue and Southwest Taylor Street and added soap to the water causing a hazard downtown. Some other people downtown set several small fires while other people vandalized and spray painted both city, federal, and private property. At 1:27 a.m., another fire was lit outside an exit door on the south side of the Federal Courthouse and the group successfully tore off a large piece of plywood protecting some glass doors on the west side of the building. At 1:45 a.m., Federal Police Officers once again were forced to disperse the crowd west from the building. During the dispersal, a large fire was started in the middle of Lownsdale Square.

Portland Police did not respond to any of the incidents and made no arrests.

Chad Wolf, acting secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, has defended the presence of federal law enforcement in the city.

“If you did your job from a local perspective, we wouldn’t be there,” he said Tuesday. “What we have in Portland is very different than what we have in any other city.”

Despite that, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler (D) has remained obstinate. He continues to contend that civil unrest in Portland was subsiding prior to the arrival of federal law enforcement.

“The violence was being contained and started to de-escalate before they arrived. They intervened and escalated tensions to new levels,” he said in a statement.

“We didn’t ask for these troops in our cities. We don’t want these troops in our cities,” he reiterated Tuesday evening:

We didn’t ask for these troops in our cities. We don’t want these troops in our cities. pic.twitter.com/x9UOrBDX7E

— Mayor Ted Wheeler (@tedwheeler) July 21, 2020

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