Rioters in Portland taking part in an “Indigenous Peoples Day of Rage” vandalized property, broke windows, and tore down statues of Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln on Sunday night in protest of colonialism.
Posters circulating through Twitter called people to gather at West Waterfront under the Burnside Bridge at 7:30 PM on Sunday. The posters requested that attendees wear black and refrain from taking pictures or videos. “END COLONIALISM. ABOLISH POLICE. F*** ICE,” the Tweet stated.
Generational Resistance is the same group (self-described as a “BIPOC only affinity group”) that organized an “Anti-Independence Day March” on July 4th.
According to Q13 Fox News, the protesters started by toppling the Theodore Roosevelt statue, then the Abraham Lincoln statue, and then smashed windows at the Oregon Historical Society and the Portland State University Campus Public Safety office.
Pictures and videos of the events circulated through social media as the events unfolded last night. Andy Ngo, a journalist who has been following Antifa activity in Portland, identified the organizers as “the ‘indigenous’ faction of antifa”:
Protesters covered the statues in red paint and graffiti before tearing them from their bases.
During the toppling of the statue of Roosevelt, a protester can be heard yelling, “Everyone of you that’s against Black Lives Matter can f*** the f*** off.”
The crowd then broke windows and vandalized property at the Portland Art Museum and Portland State University:
Portland Police declared the gathering a riot and warned that arrests would be made and crowd control agents would be deployed if people did not disperse:
Reports have not indicated whether or not any arrests were made.