Portland Antifa Riots, Oregon National Guard Finally Activated


Portland, Oregon finally activated the National Guard in the violent Antifa riots on November 4th. Antifa stayed mostly quiet during election day, but after, they staged a “March of Terror” through downtown Portland. They smashed windows of a Catholic Church and other businesses, threw projectiles at police. A riot was declared at first, but after they stopped the declaration, another flare up occurred that required the National Guard’s assistance.

Restaurants, a church, and other businesses were targeted for smashed windows. As if COVID hadn’t done enough damage, Antifa riots continue to destroy.

 

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An example of broken windows from last night in Portland. Photo via Multnomah County Sheriff

Multnomah County Unified command reported,

“In the afternoon on Wednesday, November 4, 2020, two groups met in separate locations, then marched on streets through Portland.

One group gathered in the North Park Blocks. Police deployed Demonstration Liaison Officers (DLO) to connect with people in the group. The group was not interested in having a conversation with those DLOs. At about 5:30 p.m., a few hundred people left the park and began walking through downtown Portland. Several blocks later, some individuals in the group committed acts of vandalism, breaking windows and applying graffiti.

Around the same time, another group gathered at Revolution Hall in Southeast Portland. The group of about 100 people walked over the Morrison Bridge, briefly causing traffic to back up along Southeast Grand Avenue and southbound Interstate 5.

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Around 6 p.m., both groups occupied SW Naito Parkway. The groups used vehicles to block traffic and gathered in front of Portland Fire & Rescue Station One. Emergency calls had to be dispatched to other engines and stations. The group that started at Revolution Hall moved into Tom McCall Waterfront Park for speeches. This group managed their event safely and left later without incident.

At 6:40 p.m., Unified Command declared a separate gathering near the Skidmore Fountain, an unlawful assembly. The sound truck provided multiple announcement for people not to damage property or participate in other criminal activities, and that such actions could result in arrests or the use of force to include the use of munitions and CS gas.

Shortly after, a group of about 100 people began walking from the Skidmore Fountain through Downtown Portland, along West Burnside Street, breaking out windows as they moved. As police responded and ordered people to leave, individuals continued leaving a trail of damage. The ongoing criminal activity by such a large group of people created a significant risk to public safety. Unified Command declared the gathering a riot and gave repeated loudspeaker announcements that the crowd was directed to stop their criminal activity and leave. Those announcements were repeated at least five times over loudspeakers near the crowd.

People began throwing projectiles, including a firework, at police officers; (this was initially reported as a Molotov cocktail. After further investigation, it was determined to be a firework). Individuals broke out dozens of windows to businesses and damaged other private property downtown. Police officers identified the suspect who threw the firework and sheriff’s deputies arrested him nearby. The man is identified as William K. Beecher, 23, was armed with a loaded rifle and was in possession of several loaded magazines, a knife and other fireworks (photos). Beecher was also wearing a ballistics vest.

In the interest of public safety, Governor Kate Brown, under advice of the Unified Command, activated the use of the Oregon National Guard to assist officers in responding to acts of violence, and to maintain public order and ensure community safety.

Law enforcement officers and members of the Oregon National Guard assisted in crowd management, clearing space for business owners to safely board up their properties. For about 90 minutes, police moved through Downtown Portland performing high visibility patrols, preventing further crime…”

 

After police removed the unlawful assembly designation, at around 10:30 p.m., things began to take another violent turn when another Antifa group headed toward the same area where they had damaged property earlier. Police and National Guard headed them off, but even as police engaged and disengaged the rioters throughout the night, the violence continued. The rioters dispersed at around 1:30 a.m. on 11-5. By the end of the night, 11 arrests were made, and multiple firearms, body armor, a knife, gas masks and other items were seized.

Pre-planned Antifa riots

The riots were pre-planned by several Antifa groups, including the Youth Liberation Front. They could care less who wins the election. They want “Death to America.”

Antifa is not interested in what others do for the community. They hate everybody. They want total destruction. Until government realizes this and moves to stop it, the carnage will continue. This is an insurrection, not a “protest.”

 

It is unclear of any of those 11 arrests from last night were charged federally, as some of the officers were deputized by the Federal government to avoid the prosecutor’s lack of prosecution.

Portland’s Mayor, who won re-electon by the way, still claims that the violence is perpetrated by “white supremacists.” He is a liar with the intent of blaming someone else for his own despicable failures.

“Portland’s mayor@tedwheeler warned of “white supremacist” political violence on & after the election but the intimidation & violence we’ve experienced has come entirely from BLM-antifa.” Andy Ngo

H/T Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children

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