WATCH: Antifa and parents set up ‘shield walls’ as protesters lay siege to Portland federal courthouse
As midnight approached on Monday, more than 1,000 protesters had gathered outside the federal courthouse. Some among the crowd attempted to tear down barricades outside the courthouse and gain entry, taunting the police inside. Others in the group formed a shield wall to fend off any non-lethal munitions which might be fired at them.
A man climbs up the protective barricade at the Portland federal courthouse and taunts the officers inside through an opening. pic.twitter.com/xPugX2Pq45— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) July 21, 2020
Some protesters tore away part of the wood barrier protecting the glass entrance of the Portland federal courthouse. The “moms” have moved up front where antifa black bloc are. They’re readying shields and umbrellas. pic.twitter.com/RizaxiVKGA— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) July 21, 2020
Rioters are trying to face off with federal law enforcement. They have a line formation with shields and are moving on command. Note the communist symbol. #PortlandRiots#antifapic.twitter.com/z3kFeCi8ZP— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) July 21, 2020
The friendly, public face of the protests in the form of parent groups Wall of Moms and PDXDadPod had begun marching earlier on Monday night, amid calls for the dads to bring leaf blowers to help disperse expected tear gas later in the evening.
The combined crowd of parents groups, protesters and agitators eventually numbered over 2,000 according to local media reports.
The crowd bellowed various “Black lives matter!” chants while parents carried signs that read: “Hey feds, you need to think about your sad choices – Mom.”
A “wall of moms” was also deployed to the front lines for a short time, to prevent federal agents from opening fire on the protesters with non-lethal munitions, as they had done in the 50-plus days since the Portland protests began in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody on May 26.
Some protesters, using their bare fists and various tools, beat the plywood hoarding which protected the courthouse’s shattered windows and doors, eventually breaking through after multiple failed attempts in the past few days.
Antifa is punching concrete because they think it’s Minecraft. pic.twitter.com/Oorge6lswR— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) July 21, 2020
Meanwhile, protesters intervened and rescued one of their own from being arrested by an agent outside the courthouse.
A rotated version of the clip from earlier of protesters dearresting a comrade that a fed went after. pic.twitter.com/IWpDJZHeVj— Cory Elia (@TheRealCoryElia) July 21, 2020
Police warned the public to avoid the area as there were people “throwing projectiles... armed with clubs, hammers and other weapons.”
Scenes of chaos as federal law enforcement push antifa rioters away from the courthouse. It looks like Portland Police are not assisting at all tonight per city’s instructions. #PortlandRiotspic.twitter.com/ZcOnpesrwk— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) July 21, 2020
Authorities then deployed tear gas and other crowd dispersal devices and federal agents emerged and opened fire with impact munitions a short time later to clear the area, in what has become a nightly routine, though the agitation continued largely unabated.
Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf has condemned the violence in Portland, as tensions escalate between government and the citizenry, saying that the “attempted arson is not a peaceful protest."
"Physically attacking law enforcement is not freedom of speech. Destruction of property is not peaceful assembly. Criminals perpetrating these crimes are being arrested…not law abiding protestors,” he added.Also on rt.com Move over, Antifa and BLM – it’s time to deploy… the moms? US protests take unusual turn in Portland (VIDEOS)
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