Several hundred people smashed up storefronts, torched American flags and harassed motorists in Portland, Oregon, following a brief lull in nearly nightly riots due to wildfires tearing through the state.
Around 200 demonstrators marched through the city on Saturday night, with some individuals smashing windows and applying graffiti on buildings. A bank, a restaurant and a Starbucks coffee shop were among the businesses targeted, the Portland Police said in a statement. No arrests were made, but the acts of vandalism are under investigation.
— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) September 20, 2020
Protesters were also filmed burning an American flag as they chanted “black trans lives matter.” In another incident, they torched a pro-police ‘thin blue line’ flag as they shouted “blue lives splatter.”
Protesters burn a blue lives matter flag (posted with permission) pic.twitter.com/ZsFiL5hSNk
— Alissa Azar (@R3volutionDaddy) September 20, 2020
This flag was taken from the Solomon courthouse and is now being burned. pic.twitter.com/akU8pBOpX2
— Cory Elia (@TheRealCoryElia) September 20, 2020
Elsewhere in the city, online footage shows demonstrators stopping a truck and then ordering one of its passengers to raise his fist and say “black lives matter.” The vehicle’s windows were reportedly later smashed by the protesters.
BLM-antifa in Portland took over the street outside the central police precinct after smashing up businesses. They’ve blocked the road for hours. They make the passenger of this car give the black power salute & chant, “Black Lives Matter.” #PortlandaRiots pic.twitter.com/YHljeAAnQ3
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) September 20, 2020
— Kitty Shackleford (@KittyLists) September 20, 2020
Portland’s chaotic streets had quietened down due to poor air quality resulting from nearby forest fires, but protests resumed earlier this week. On Friday, 11 people were arrested after demonstrators targeted an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility in the city.
Oregon’s biggest city had previously seen more than 100 consecutive nights of racial injustice protests following the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police in May.