A great number of state police as well as left-wing protesters ensued in a tense standoff in downtown Portland on Wednesday lately after a rampaging group of anti-Trump smashed many shop windows the following day after the election, this prompted a response from state governor and she orderedthe National Guard to be on standby.
At least nine arrest was made by the Multnomah County Sheriff’s office after declaring a riot, citing “widespread violence” in the downtown area of the city and repeatedly warning it could order for deployment tear gas and munitions.
Armed police advanced on demonstrators in unison however no clashes but were experienced.
The protesters began with a peaceful protest in form of a rally at downtown park that was hosted by a coalition of far-left, anti-capitalist groups featuring music and lectures.
“The mass gathering in downtown Portland is still declared a riot. Leave the area now,” the sheriff’s office posted on Twitter just before 8:30 pm ( 0430 GMT). It earlier said officers were being targeted with projectiles, such as glass bottles.
“In the interest of public safety, Governor Kate Brown, under advice of the Unified Command, has activated the use of the Oregon National Guard to assist local law enforcement,” it said.
The protesters that gathered by Portland’s river vowed to “protect the results” of Tuesday’s close-run election with their banners held high saying “Count Every Vote” and “The Vote is Over. The Fight Goes On.”
“We want Trump out of office, that’s the main focus,” one protest leader told the crowd, to loud cheers.
Many of the demonstrators openly carry firearms, rifles, and one anti-racism and anti-imperialism banner displayed an image of an assault rifle, with the slogan “We Don’t Want Biden. We Want Revenge.”