Demonstrators Damage Democratic Party Of Oregon Office


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A group of demonstrators gathered at Revolution Hall in Portland Wednesday afternoon.

Portland Police tried to remove weapons from the group and they swarmed the officers who left the area.

Several dozen people started marching. When they reached the Democratic Party of Oregon office building they broke windows and tagged the building with Anarchist graffiti.

The group was carrying Antifa flags and a banner that read: We Are Ungovernable.

Portland Police followed the group to Buckman Park and arrested eight people.

At about 8:00 p.m., people began gathering at Elizabeth Caruthers Park, 3508 South Moody Avenue.

Portland Police gave public address announcements over a loud speaker including, "This is the Portland Police Bureau. Roadways in the South Waterfront remain open to vehicular traffic. No permit has been issued for area roadways. Pedestrians and demonstrators must obey all traffic laws and remain on sidewalks. Failure to comply with this order may subject you to arrest and/or the use of crowd control agents or impact weapons."

At about 9:08 p.m., a crowd of about 150 people walked from Elizabeth Caruthers Park to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) offices in the 4300 block of S. Macadam Avenue. People in the crowd carried shields, umbrellas, ASP and PR-24 batons and picked up rocks on their way. Many people wore gas masks and helmets. Within a few minutes of arriving people began applying graffiti to the ICE building.

At about 9:45 p.m., federal officers emerged on the ICE property to move the crowd away. Federal officers dispersed to the north then took up a position about half a block away. Contact the federal authorities for details about their actions.

Portland Police circulated through the neighborhood during the next hour to find specific people in the crowd for whom there was probable cause to arrest and made arrests as they identified and located suspects. During that time the crowd dissipated a little at time. Eventually there were only a few dozen people milling about as officers finished making their last arrest.

Portland Police did not deploy any munitions or CS gas.