Antifa Members Shoot Fireworks at Portland Police on NYE - WATCH
rioters threw Molotov cocktail-style firebombs and firebombs at law enforcement
Antifa rioters attacked police in Portland with firebombs and fireworks during a New Year’s Eve incident, according to the city's Police Bureau officials.
The far-left rioters also attacked the courthouse and multiple downtown businesses.
Antifa rioters threw Molotov cocktail-style firebombs and firebombs at police as officers tried to defend the downtown business district and the federal courthouse
The rioters attacked police with rocks frozen water bottles and bricks.
Police layer declared the demonstration a riot and ordered the far-left groups to disperse, but they refused to comply.
Antifa rioted in downtown Portland for New Years in a planned & pre-announced night of violence. They smashed up small businesses, started fires & even pushed outnumbered law enforcement back. #PortlandRiots pic.twitter.com/MlBoJJSOU9— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) January 1, 2021
Police where forced to retreat after multiple attacks.
The rioters later threw large rocks or bricks at police with more fireworks.
Independent journalist Brendan Gutenschwager caught some of the violence.
The rioters then attacked the federal courthouse and multiple businesses.
Zane Spalding, a reporter for the Portland Tribune said it was the end of the line for this Starbucks.
“Starbucks is leaving. They’re gone,” an employee told Spalding.
“They’re not gonna come back after this … we took our fences down thinking everything was quiet. Bad move.”
Tonight’s protest in downtown Portland appears to be mostly over... here’s some of the aftermath pic.twitter.com/4sGeEOML7Z— Zane Sparling (@PDXzane) January 1, 2021
Multiple businesses came under attack.
Gutenschwager reports police reinforcements finally arrived and police pushed back.
Police officials said they made multiple arrests and are still compiling information.
“Portland Police officers citywide had to be pulled from answering emergency calls to respond,” officials wrote.
“Law Enforcement officers from the Federal Protective Services and the Multnomah County Sheriff’s office also engaged the crowd and were targeted with dangerous projectiles.”
“Some law enforcement officers suffered injuries, although no Portland Police officers were hurt,” the press release states