On the 72nd straight night of violence in Portland, antifa rioters again targeted the Portland Police Association (PPA) — which they had lit on fire the night before — and turned the streets around it into a war zone. They erected barricades, lit fires on the street, and fired mortar fireworks at police officers, wounding two of them. In a memorable exchange, a man on the street assured antifa rioters that they should not worry even as they were getting arrested. Andy Ngo, editor-at-large at The Post Millennial, explained why this man reassured them, and why antifa rioters can keep themselves out of jail to return to the streets, night after night.
A group of about 200 rioters began marching toward the PPA, which is located in a residential neighborhood, at 9:30 p.m. on Sunday night, Portland Police reported. Police defended the building and warned rioters not to attack it again. Antifa rioters immediately started barricading the streets with dumpsters and fencing. They lit a fire on the sidewalk outside the office.
Meanwhile, the fire department and an ambulance were responding to an emergency medical call and had to reroute in order to get around the antifa blockade.
Police declared an unlawful assembly, but rioters responded by launching eggs at them. The Portland Police Bureau and Oregon State Police broke up the crowd, but violent rioters turned the streets into a war zone. They fired commercial-grade fireworks at officers, injuring at least two. One suffered a serious burn on his neck while another officer appears to have had shrapnel rip open his leg. Read more…