US: ‘We are ungovernable’ – Demonstrators vandalise Political Party Offices, others

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Protesters also vandalised the offices of the Democratic Party in Portland and Oregon and the U.S. Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, CNN says.

On Thursday, CNN cited Sgt. Kevin Allen, a spokesman for the Portland Police Bureau, as saying in a video statement that at least four protests were expected in the area.

Allen clarified that although two of the protesters remained nonviolent, the others culminated in “improperty damage.”

The police spokesperson further clarified that a group of about 150 people met at the ICE building in the South Waterfront area about 9 p.m. on Wednesday night.

He said that some of them were carrying pepper ball guns, fireworks, shields, rocks and “electronic control weapons similar to Tasers.”

Allen explained further that the gathering was declared unlawful by federal officials after protesters started throwing rocks and vandalizing the building, Allen said.

Allen said that police were in the surrounding neighborhood and “some arrests were made.”

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A crowd of about 150 people were said to have gathered at Revolution Hall before marching to the Oregon state Democratic Party headquarters.

Portland Police added that officers on bicycles encountered the protesters in a parking lot at Revolution Hall, where “(d)ozens of people pressed in on the officers and then took one of the officers’ bicycles.”

The demonstrators then left Revolution Hall and marched to the Democratic Party headquarters, where they “smashed windows and vandalized the building,” Allen said.

At one point, the crowd “showed aggression by swarming officers and throwing objects,” Allen said.

Another showed the crowd making their way up the street, many of them clad in all black, carrying a sign that read, “We are ungovernable.”

CNN states that the rally was billed as a protest against Joe Biden and the law enforcement authorities, thus defending the interests of indigenous peoples.

Democratic Party in the State of Oregon have reacted to the incident in a statement, saying that none of its staff were in the building at the time, adding that they are “frustrated and disappointed.”

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“This is not the first time our building has been vandalized during the past year — none of the prior incidents have deterred us from our important work to elect Democrats up and down the ballot, and this one will be no different,” the statement said.

Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of America on Wednesday.

Before the ceremony on Wednesday, there was a deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol that led to the killing of several people.

Former President Donald Trump was accused of inciting his followers to carry out the attack as a final push to avoid the declaration of Joe Biden as the winner of the presidential election on 3 November. He was convicted a week later.

 

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