Daily Mail Online: LONDON, England – The ugly scenes occurred Friday after a group of activists assembled to march against the Department of Homeland Security.
One local journalist claimed that between 100 and 150 protesters started making their way through the city’s Pearl District before they began ‘breaking the windows of businesses’ and ‘attacking’ anyone who was filming them.
Shortly after, KGW reported that police set up a perimeter around a ‘large group’ of the activists, claiming that they were blocking traffic between 13th and 14th Avenues.
Those located in between the two avenues – an entire block consisting of around 50 protesters – were detained by police so that they could be investigated for criminal activity.
Video shared on Twitter shows police instructing the group via megaphone to stay put. Footage from KOIN shows the area surrounded by police tape.
It’s unclear if any of those detained have been taken into custody and arrested.
It appeared there were plenty of police on hand in the city following disturbing scenes that played out in Portland the previous night.
On Thursday, dozens of the far-left protesters assembled near Portland’s Federal Courthouse for a demonstration against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
The Courthouse has already been boarded up with plywood after it sustained damage during destructive protests last summer, but shocking video shared to Twitter shows all remaining uncovered windows were smashed during the latest demonstration.
Several other demonstrators set fire to the plywood outside the building, prompting federal agents to deploy teargas and smoke bombs in a bid to push the protesters back towards a park.
Antifa protesters have burned American flags and clashed with cops outside the Federal Courthouse in downtown Portland
He claimed the agents were ‘aggressive’ and that the air was thick with smoke.
At least one person has been arrested.
In a tweet last night Portland police said it was bracing for yet more unrest over the weekend.
“We are aware of events planned tomorrow and this weekend in which people plan to gather and demonstrate. Demonstration Liaison Officers (DLOs) are available to work with community members organizing these events,” the tweet said.
Last summer in Portland, Black Lives Matter marches began in the wake of George Floyd’s death, but the demonstrations soon became co-opted by far-left agitators.
Night after night, they clashed with law enforcement officials, who often declared riots.
There were was at least 100 consecutive nights of unrest in the city.
The violence has continued into this year. In January, Antifa protesters went on a destructive rampage following President Biden’s Inauguration.
Biden has previously appeared to downplay Antifa, describing the group as ‘an idea’.
“President Biden condemned protests and violence on the far right and far left before he was president,’ a Fox News journalist stated to White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki after the January clash.
“Why haven’t we heard anything directly from him about about the riots in Portland and the Pacific Northwest since he was inaugurated?’
“President Biden condemns violence and any violence in the strongest possible terms,’ Psaki responded.
“Peaceful protests are a cornerstone of our democracy but smashing windows is not protesting and neither is looting, and actions like these are totally unacceptable,” she continued.
“Actions like these are totally unacceptable and anyone who committed a crime should be prosecuted to the fullest extent.”
- Top Feature Photo: Police have clashed with Antifa protesters during a second consecutive night of unrest in Portland, shared to social media app Twitch shows police in riot gear standing off against people in the street