[Ed. – This was Thursday night. This doesn’t even purport to be political protest. It’s just a massed Antifa force trying to succeed in breaching the facility’s security. Portland has already let the security be largely breached, as the graffiti covering the entire lower 6-7 feet of the outer walls attests. Note: Andy Ngo corrected the claim that U.S. troops were defending the courthouse. It would normally be U.S. Marshals (who have the special mission of protecting judicial facilities), and he says that’s in fact who it was.]
On Thursday night, a violent riot broke out in Portland as reported Antifa activists attempted to attack the Portland federal courthouse.
The Portland police stated activists were “starting fires, throwing rocks at officers, pointing lasers at officers, and launching projectiles with slingshots at officers” as the police ordered them to disperse.
The Portland Police attempted to reach the rioters via Twitter, writing in the early morning hours: “A riot has been declared in the area of the Federal Courthouse and Justice Center. You must leave the area now by moving to the south and the west. CS gas and other crowd control munitions may be deployed. …
The US military is protecting the Portland federal courthouse under attack tonight by antifa black bloc militants. They rushed out and made an arrest here. Antifa have been trying to set the building on fire for hours. pic.twitter.com/p0GiQj5tCZ
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) July 3, 2020