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Last night, a group of Antifa extremists vandalized a bio-cleaning business in Portland as part of a string of targeted attacks on property since Election Day.
At 8 p.m. on Thursday night, a couple dozen Antifa dressed in black bloc gathered at Colonel Summers Park in southeast Portland. The planned “direct action” was announced via a digital flyer on social media.
From there, they marched to the office of Rapid Response Bio Clean, a business that contracts with the city of Portland to clean biohazardous material from public spaces. Part of its contract includes removing and cleaning homeless encampments.
Shielding themselves with black umbrellas, Antifa proceeded to disable the building’s security cameras with spray paint and smash its windows. They wrote, “Sweeps kill” and “ACAB” (all cops are bastards) on the property.
Portland Police only responded to the location after staff called police. A spokesperson for the bureau told The Post Millennial that local authorities were aware of the gathering at Colonel Summers Park that preceded the vandalism.
“This group in particular is known to have multiple places they target,” the public information officer said in an email. “It is difficult to know which one of those places they are going to go to during each of their events.”
There were no arrests.
Lance Hamel, the owner of Rapid Response Bio Clean, says the business has been vandalized numerous times since becoming a contractor with the city in 2015.
“This is the price of doing this kind of business,” he says.
Left-wing activists in Portland rail against the city’s periodic removal and cleaning of illegal homeless encampments. The sites are usually contaminated with biological waste and used needles. Other services provided by the business include collecting used needles from drop-off sites and disinfecting areas contaminated by blood following assaults and homicides.
Since Election Day, Antifa in Portland have shifted their attacks away from law enforcement and government buildings onto targeted businesses and private property.
It appears that Rapid Response Bio Clean had been selected as a target several days before the attack on Thursday night. On Monday, a Twitter account belonging to an Antifa activist and president of the Portland chapter of the Socialist Rifle Association called for action against the business by posting its address and photographs of the owner.
“Maybe its time we start giving Rapid Response a good ol’ Portland ‘F— you!!” tweeted Nicholas S. Hayes using a moniker. He followed up the post with doxes on the business and its owner. The 24-year-old University of Oregon alumnus secretly leads the Socialist Rifle Association, an Antifa affinity group that trains its members to use firearms. Hayes calls himself anti-fascist and anti-capitalist on his Twitter profile.
Thursday’s Antifa attack follows a string of targeted vandalisms on businesses and property by Antifa following the election. On Sunday, they severely damaged the headquarters of the Multnomah County Democrats. Last week, they smashed up several dozen businesses and a church in downtown.
Mayor Ted Wheeler’s office did not respond to requests for comment. Portland Police are asking those with information to contact Crime Stoppers of Oregon.
As for Hamel, the business owner, he says he doesn’t have anything to say to the people responsible for the vandalism. “We will continue to service our clients as we always have.”