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While hundreds who attended a rally in Washington, D.C., Wednesday in support of President Donald Trump breached the U.S. Capitol Building, violence and unrest continued on the opposite coast in Portland.
“Overnight on 6 Jan., #antifa rioted again in Portland,” journalist Andy Ngo, who is based in the city, wrote on Twitter.
Overnight on 6 Jan., #antifa rioted again in Portland. They first tried to break into the Multnomah County Courthouse. After that, they marched around downtown, smashing businesses one-by-one.
Police made no arrests. This is the 3rd antifa riot since NYE. https://t.co/4z0zmWtyV7 pic.twitter.com/ZTW4kV4Dj1
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) January 7, 2021
“They first tried to break into the Multnomah County Courthouse. After that, they marched around downtown, smashing businesses one-by-one. Police made no arrests. This is the 3rd antifa riot since” New Year’s Eve,” he added.
OregonLive reported that Portland police once again declared a riot and ordered protesters to leave the downtown district Wednesday evening after they began smashing the windows of businesses.
The demonstration was called “stop the fascist coup,” according to the outlet, and began about 12 hours after protesters forced their way into the U.S. Capitol Building. It’s not clear, however, why the Oregon demonstrators chose to break out store windows in furtherance of their cause.
“Protesters converged at Chapman Square, one block from a federal courthouse that was the site of frequent protests for racial justice between May and September,” the outlet reported. “Trump dispatched federal officers in June to protect it. Federal forces frequently used tear gas, rubber bullets and other types of force to keep nightly protesters away.”
In the hours before the violence began again in Portland, the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office issued a warning on Twitter advising residents not to engage in criminal acts.
“We will not tolerate criminal activity that jeopardizes or threatens the safety of deputies, officers, adults in custody, employees and community members,” the tweet stated.
We’re aware of a direct action event outside the Justice Center tonight calling for demonstrators to “spread fire.” We will not tolerate criminal activity that jeopardizes or threatens the safety of deputies, officers, adults in custody, employees and community members.
— Multnomah Co. Sheriff’s Office (@MultCoSO) January 7, 2021
After the protesters arrived at a newly-constructed county courthouse around 9:45 p.m. local time, Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officers ordered them to disperse via loudspeaker. But some in the crowd attempted to break into the building while damaging a security fence installed to protect it.
KOIN reported that protesters smashed windows at a Starbucks, Target store and a local credit union office.
— Jennifer Dowling (@JenDowlingKoin6) January 7, 2021
It was the third time since New Year’s Eve that violence and destruction took place in Portland. For two nights, rioters set fires, vandalized and looted businesses, and clashed with police officers.
After assembling near the PPB headquarters downtown, “the group then … began shooting off fireworks. By 10:15 p.m, bottles were littered around the entrance to PPB, plus graffiti on the doors and on several other buildings as well. The group banged on crosswalk signs on SW 3rd Avenue,” KOIN reported.
“About 10 minutes later they began shooting fireworks at the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse building. A crosswalk sign appeared to be one of several fires spotted around 10:40 p.m. as people banged on the Justice Center,” the outlet continued.
Criticism of the assault on the U.S. Capitol Building by supporters of President Trump was met with claims of hypocrisy by some observers who said people chastising what happened in the nation’s capital have often been silent about what has been going on in Portland and other Democrat-run cities for months.
“What we can’t get into is let the left intimidate us and say, ‘well, bringing up how we got here is whataboutism,’” Fox News contributor and former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino told network colleague Sean Hannity Wednesday night. “No, it isn’t whataboutism, it’s about asking you about principles that apply to both sides.”
“Do you think that would have been allowed to happen if it had been, God forbid, a group of conservatives or libertarians?” Bongino continued, referencing the month-long siege by Antifa and BLM supporters of the federal courthouse in Portland over the summer.
“You damn well know the answer is no. Those people would have been arrested and tried immediately,” he continued. “Why is that? Why was that allowed to continue for a month? And the answer is…because there isn’t one guiding set of principles in this country.
“There [is] one rule for the left and the media, and another set of rules for conservatives who call out violence anytime it happens,” he continued.
America “is not a Parcheesi club,” he continued, referencing a popular board game. “There has to be one set of principles…assigned to both sides and we have fidelity to. And if we don’t have that, we don’t have a country.”
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