A group of protesters toppled statues of former presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln and shattered the entrance to the Oregon Historical Society in Portland’s South Park Blocks late Sunday before moving into other areas of downtown, smashing storefronts and engaging in other acts of destruction.
Police declared the event a riot and ordered people rampaging through the city’s streets to disperse but did not directly intervene until nearly an hour after the first statue fell. The crowd scattered when police cruisers flooded the area, and officers in tactical gear appeared to make several arrests…
The organizers had signaled their aggressive stance for the night, calling for “direct action” and demanding that the video live-streamers and photographers who had become staples of such events stay away.
The scenic third-world city of Portland experienced yet another riot last night, showcasing the lovely nightlife that is sure to enliven a city near you in the coming months. While the protest was boringly predicable in blaming the Great White Bogeyman for their lack of any meaningful achievement in life and utter lack of worth to the world, the interesting development in this story is the evolution of tactics. The riot has pictures of the aftermath, but almost nothing filmed during it. The rioters specifically avoided filming themselves and banned journalists from attending and filming the vandalism and arson. It represents a propaganda awareness by Antifa, as screaming savages burning things down and toppling statues of Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt are not a good look. Secondly, it creates an information black hole…and one that can be exploited if it is telegraphed beforehand.