Twenty-five protesters were arrested in Portland, Oregon during the May Day march. The event turned violent when protesters began to throw bottles and other objects at police officers.
According to the Portland Police Bureau, protesters threw glass bottles, full cans of Pepsi, smoke bombs, paint, and lead balls at police. It got so out of control officers wore protective gear.
During the protest, someone attempted to set a business on fire. A window at the Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building was also broken at some point during the protest, reports the New York Daily News.
On Tuesday, Portland police shared 22 out of 25 mugshots of those arrested at the event. Some were arrested as riots broke out and others were arrested for disorderly conduct. The ages of those arrested ranged from 17 to 44.
During the event, authorities encouraged those who were protesting peacefully to separate themselves from ‘anarchists” that were committing acts of violence.
The march began at noon and by y 4;30 p.m. the permit for the march had been canceled. Authorities informed protesters that they needed to get off the streets because conditions were unsafe. By 5 p.m. the situation was declared a riot. Authorities informed protesters anyone remaining in the streets would be arrested, reports ABC News.
Many witnesses stated that the event began as a peaceful, family oriented situation. Portland officers said “chemical munitions” and “impact munitions” were fired into crowds because numerous objects were thrown at the police.
Soon protesters began fires and started throwing fireworks, smoke bombs and Molotov cocktails at police. A police cruiser was destroyed by a group of protesters. Several businesses including Target and a jewelry store were damaged in the event, reports NBC News.
A rock was thrown through the window of Goldmark Jewelry. Cal Brokman, the owner of the jewelry store, says that cleaning up the mess has been difficult due to smaller scale damage caused by the rock. He added repairing the mess was going to take time.
May Day falls on May 1 and is also called International Workers Day. May Day has been recognized for more than 130 years. It became prominent in the United States in 2006 when major demonstrations were held across the country in support of immigrants. Supporting immigrants has become a vital part of society today because of Donald Trump’s election win.
Portland is not the only city that planned events. Events were also held in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Seattle.
By Tammy Marie Rose
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