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“You are not demonstrating — you are attempting to commit murder,”Ted Wheeler, Mayor of Portland
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler was forced to yet again address the ongoing violence and mayhem in Portland during a news conference Thursday, according to the LA Times.
At the news conference, held with Portland Chief of Police Chuck Lovell, Wheeler was quoted as saying, “You are not demonstrating — you are attempting to commit murder,”.
The Mayor condemned the actions of rioters who attempted to set fire to a police precinct and blocked the exits while officers were inside.
The article also mentioned that Wheeler feels the protestors were fueling President Trump’s reelection efforts. “Don’t think for a moment that if you are participating in this activity, you are not being a prop for the reelection campaign of Donald Trump, because you absolutely are,” the mayor said.
Fox News says that ‘A riot was declared Wednesday evening when agitators descended upon the Portland Police Bureau’s East Precinct building, spray-painted over security cameras, broke a glass door with a 2×4, lit a fire using an accelerant and threw fireworks and other objects at officers,’.
The article mentions that Wheeler said, “I believe that city staff could have died last night,” “I cannot and I will not tolerate that. This is not peaceful protests. This is not advocacy to advance reforms.”
Sean Hannity reports that an elderly person attempting to defend the police station from any further attack, was herself verbally abused and attacked with liquids and other materials.
Others attempting to put out fires set by the protestors were blocked from doing so.
All of this violence has forced Portland Police to declare the rioters an “unlawful assembly”.
The LA Times says The Pacific Northwest Youth Liberation Front, which had advertised Wednesday’s rally on social media, used Twitter to announce “Round 2” of the same demonstration on Thursday night with the slogan “No cops. No prisons. Total abolition.”
The PNW describes itself as a “decentralized network of autonomous youth collectives dedicated to direct action towards total liberation,” did not immediately reply to a request for comment, according to the article.