Violent demonstrators marched on Portland late Saturday, almost weekly, this time rioting over President Joe Biden’s administration’s decision to reopen a notorious migrant center intended to house minors who illegally entered the US without their parents.
Fascist demonstrators suspected to be aligned with Antifa marched through Portland’s Pearl Neighborhood, smashing cars and vandalizing businesses.
Graffiti criticizing police and Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been painted on businesses in the area. Some businesses’ windows were also smashed by protesters.
While customers were still inside, the windows of a Chipotle on Northwest Lovejoy Street were shattered around 9:30 p.m. Saturday. A Starbucks, an Urban Pantry, and an Umpqua Bank were among the businesses affected. Residents screamed at demonstrators from their balconies to “go home” as they called for police to “go home.”
Hundreds of black-clad protesters wreaked havoc in the streets, according to videos circulated on social media.
Other videos allegedly show police walking away from approaching the demonstrators due to their level of violence.
Because of “several shootings” that had happened in other areas of the city, according to KOIN, Portland police forces were overwhelmed as the violence continued, restricting their ability to enforce the law.
Just two people were arrested, one for first-degree criminal mischief and the other for interfering with a peace officer and third-degree escape by a 17-year-old protester.