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On Inauguration Day, Violence from the Left to Protest Biden

By CNSNews.com Staff | January 21, 2021 | 8:02am EST
Antifa activists smashed windows at Oregon's Democrat Party headquarters on Inauguration Day. (Photo: Screen capture)
Antifa activists smashed windows at Oregon's Democrat Party headquarters on Inauguration Day. (Photo: Screen capture)

(CNSNews.com) – The only violence on Inauguration Day came from the far left, and it happened in the usual places – Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington.

“Two events’ in Portland on Wednesday “resulted in property damage and arrests,” Portland police said, as anti-government and anti-fascist activists protested Joe Biden’s presidency.

Police said around 150 people marched to the headquarters of Oregon’s Democrat Party on Wednesday afternoon. “Some smashed windows and vandalized the building. Officers made eight “selective” arrests, with charges “ranging from felony criminal mischief, possession of a destructive device, riot.

“During this event, weapons were seized, including Molotov Cocktails, knives, batons, chemical spray and a crowbar.”

Social media and press reports noted the protesters were dressed in black and spray-painted an anarchist sumbol over the Democrat Party sign.

They marched under a banner reading, "We don't want Biden. We want revenge for police murders, imperialist wars, and fascist massacres."

Later Wednesday, around 9 p.m., a group of 150 people protested at the feeral ICE building in Portland.

“Some in the crowd threw rocks at the fedeeral building,” police said, and others “were seen carrying pepper ball guns, electronic control weapons similar to Tasers, large fireworks, shields and rocks.” Police did not say  how many people were arrested at that melee.

In an earlier, more peaceful protest in Portland’s Irving Park, speakers complained that a Biden administration is not leftist enough.

KOIN television footage from Portland’s Irving Park showed one protester calling Biden a “feckless puppet of the centrist Democratic establishment who is only president because of his ties to corporate interests.”

Another protester told the crowd, “We have a president in the White House who does not want the change that we need.”

In Seattle, KIRO TV reported that “several buildings,” including a federal immigration court, “were damaged and multiple people were arrested Wednesday night after protests against President Biden and Federal agencies turned violent on Seattle streets.”

"Glass also was shattered at banks, the Nakamura Federal Courthouse, Amazon Go stores, and the original Starbucks in Pike Place Market," the report said.

“This is not a peaceful protest. We’ve had multiple sites that have been vandalized,” Seattle Police Officer Valerie Carson told KIRO-TV.

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