Police declare riot as Antifa and BLM arsonists set fire to Portland Police Union Headquarters

PORTLAND, OR – Police declared a riot at Union Headquarters in North Portland after the building was set ablaze by far-left Antifa and Black Lives Matter arsonists on Tuesday night. A group of about 100 people lit fires, blocked traffic, and shot off fireworks.

The police had been planning for another night of violence after learning protest organizers were setting up a “direct action” event at North Portland’s Kenton Park for 9 p.m. on Tuesday. Police had declared a riot on Monday night at the Penumbra Kelly building.

According to the police, past “direct action events” have led to arson violence, riots, and “wanton destruction of public and private property” in a city that has seen continued violence since the May 2020 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

A flyer that circulated for the Tuesday event said demonstrators were protesting the police killing of Daunte Wright in Minnesota on Sunday night. The 20-year-old was shot and killed during a traffic stop when officer Kim Potter apparently meant to fire her Taser, but accidentally drew her firearm instead. She fired one shot killing Wright.

The demonstrators followed the expected pattern after gathering at Kenton Park. About 9:40 p.m., the group begin marching toward the Portland Police Bureau Association building on North Lombard Street.

The demonstrators blocked traffic and began shooting fireworks off. Police tweeted that marchers were blocking traffic and advised city travelers to find alternative routes. Police repeatedly ordered the crowd to clear the streets without success.

Once the group reached the PPB building, a demonstrator set a garbage can on fire and placed it next to the building. Another person then used an unknown accelerant on the wooden door frame causing it to catch fire.

Police declared a riot based on the danger posed by the fire and the arson activity. Police said the fire was a serious threat to the neighborhood. The police building was not occupied at the time the fire was set, but police said several homes in the area were. Some residents were so concerned for the safety of their homes, they used garden hoses to fight the fire until firefighters arrived.

Portland Fire and Rescue was called to the scene and the fire was extinguished, but not before causing substantial damage to the front of the building.

One arsonist was arrested at the scene, a 19-year-old Alma Raven-Guido, who was charged with arson II.

Police said the crowd dispersed shortly after the arrest was made, and that police did not have to use any mutations or tear gas.

The violence followed Monday’s riot, when people lit fires, threw rocks, and shot ball bearings at officers in what officers called a “planned, coordinated attack.”

Police have reported that the riots Monday took needed resources away from lower priority calls in the city, and Tuesday’s rioting likely did the same.

PPB spokesperson Capt. Tina Jones said the reassignment of officers to meet the protesters’ threat likely impacted emergency response times in other parts of the city.

Violence also flared almost 200 miles away in Seattle on Tuesday night. At least three people were arrested while protesting the death of Daunte Wright.

A group of demonstrators gathered outside the Seattle Police Department’s West Precinct for what they labeled “a vigil.”

On Twitter, Seattle police said they gave several notices to the group to remain peaceful and to not damage property. The police said that during the “vigil,” two people were arrested for graffiti and one person was arrested for obstruction of law enforcement.

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Antifa sets Portland ICE building on fire intentionally trapping officers inside during another night of violence

April 12, 2021

PORTLAND, OR –  Violence continued in Portland this weekend as protesters attacked the Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility, setting fire to the outside of the building while officers were trapped inside.

Video from the scene shows federal agents react by firing non-lethal munitions into the crowd of rioters dressed in trademark Antifa black clothing.

Just before midnight, Antifa protesters gathered at the ICE building for a planned protest, according to independent journalist Grace Morgan. Morgan documented the events of the night on her Twitter account:

“I’m at the ICE facility in Portland OR, for a big, planned protest. So far close to 100 black bloc have gathered and more are arriving every minute.”

“Black Bloc “ is a term used to describe a radical anarchist group whose members dress in all black to conceal their identities while protesting. The style has been adopted by the left-wing Antifa movement.

Antifa has targeted the ICE facility for months. Last night, the rioters smashed windows and eventually set fire to the front of the building. The violence started out slowly, with protesters lighting a small fire in the driveway and throwing eggs at the facility. Morgan wrote:

“First ANTIFA fire of the night has already kicked off, so far people are just warming their hands on this cold night.

“A small fire is started in the ICE driveway among broken glass bottles, a flair is thrown over the gate, protesters throw eggs at the door. So far no response or sight of officers.”

The protesters took an ominous action when they dismantled a fence around the facility and used it to block the entrance doors to the building, trapping ICE officers inside. At that point, federal agents used loudspeakers to warn the protesters against trespassing. Morgan tweeted at the time:

“Parts of the fence around the ICE facility in Portland or have been dismantled by protesters & laid against the main entrances. Federal agents get on the loudspeaker & warn not to trespass, including press.”

After Antifa barricaded the officers inside, they obscured the security cameras preventing officers from observing what was occurring outside. The crowd then set fire to the front of the building with the federal officers inside.

The crowd was chanting, “Every city, every town, burn the precinct to the ground” as the fire burned, according to independent journalist Andy Ngo:

“’Every city, every town, burn the precinct to the ground.’ Antifa gives the BLM fist salute while the crowd cheers on the burning of the (ICE building) Portland facility last night. Officers were trapped inside when Antifa set the building on fire.”

A video posted by Ngo showed federal officers trying to exit the building but being blocked by the fencing against the front entrance.

Eventually, federal officers were able to respond to the attack from a rear exit, and fire crowd control munitions, including pepper balls, into the violent Antifa crowd.

After forcing the mob back, the officers were able to extinguish the fire and form a barricade in front of the building. The crowd continued to make threats towards officers. One video captured a man trying to get into a fistfight with an ICE agent.

The Portland Police Bureau has not commented on the violence. No injuries were reported.

Portland has been a center for violence since the killings of George Floyd in May 2020. Another high-profile shooting of an unarmed black man, Jacob Blake, which led to fatal violence in Kenosha, Wisconsin, fueled even more violence in Portland.

City leaders have been struggling with the violence, and have recently called for Antifa to end the siege of the city. At a March press conference, city leaders called on Trail Blazers player Terry Porter to call for an end to the rioting and protests:

“I’m speaking out today as someone who loves Portlanders and as someone who is deeply concerned about the future of our city. Let’s walk together as one Portland to show the country how we stand for humanity.”

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