By Andrew V. Pestano
Nov. 11, 2016
PORTLAND, Ore., Nov. 11 (UPI) — Oregon’s Portland Police said it arrested at least two dozen people “during riot” that emerged from a peaceful anti-Donald Trump protest escalated through violence by “anarchists.”
About 4,000 people participated in the peak of the demonstration, which began as a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest but turned into what police described as a riot. The violence was encouraged by people not affiliated with the initial protest, Portland community organizer Teressa Raiford and Portland Police spokesman Pete Simpson said.
“Due to extensive criminal and dangerous behavior, protest is now considered a riot. Crowd has been advised,” Portland Police said in a statement. “Those not wanting to be associated with anarchists should leave the area immediately. Peaceful protesters encouraged to go to Pioneer Square.”
Police said some of the protesters attacked drivers on roads, threw rocks at police, smashed windows, vandalized cars, set small fires, smashed electrical boxes with baseball bats and spray painted buildings.
The peaceful protesters attempted to stop those being more violent but were unsuccessful.
“Many in crowd trying to get anarchist groups to stop destroying property, anarchists refusing. Others encouraged to leave area,” Portland Police said. “After several orders to disperse, police have used less lethal munitions to effect arrests and move the crowd.”
Thursday night, Trump said the protests being held against him are unfair and were “incited by the media.” Later, on Friday morning, he praised those taking to the streets.
“Love the fact that the small groups of protesters last night have passion for our great country,” he tweeted. “We will all come together and be proud!”
Source: United Press International (UPI).