Demonstrators Toppled George Washington Statue


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There were several demonstrations in Portland Thursday evening.

Portland Police say, one group of several hundred demonstrators assembled at Jefferson High School. For over an hour, the group peacefully rallied, then dispersed around 9:30 p.m.

A second group gathered downtown near the Justice Center on Southwest 3rd Avenue between Southwest Main and Southwest Madison Street. The group blocked the street for several hours, throwing projectiles such as hotdogs, at the Justice Center doors. Several members of the group shook and cut the fence outside the Justice Center. Meanwhile, a third group gathered on the 5700 block of Northeast Sandy Boulevard and set fire to the George Washington statue.

Around 11 p.m., the group on the 5700 block of Northeast Sandy Boulevard tore down and vandalized the George Washington statue. Group members associated with this incident dispersed by running off into surrounding neighborhoods.

At 11:30 p.m., the group gathered at the Justice Center began to march in a northeasterly direction. The group stopped for a period of time outside a business on the 400 block of Southwest Yamhill Street. The group began dispersing at approximately 12 a.m.

No arrests were made during these demonstrations.

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