Rioters in Portland, Oregon, participated in the "Day of Rage," an organized, multi-city demonstration against the state of Israel, by tearing the city apart. They tried to torch a police precinct and set a fire on Portland's iconic Elk statue, which has stood since 1900.
Speaking at a "Day of Rage" event in New York City was Amin Husain, an academic of post-colonial theory and a leader of Decolonize This Place. The event was organized by far left and Islamic groups.
Husain said: "When I saw that precinct burn, I found I was closer to Palestine... when I see that NYPD cop car burn, I say we're waking up revolutionary consciousness. This is about a diversity of tactics and strategies that we become ungovernable. So when we say 'free Palestine,' they know we will fucking free Palestine."
Ngo posted a video on events in Portland, tweeting: "Police use crowd control to disperse the violent antifa mob in north Portland. They tried to attack the police association building but failed."
Law enforcement can be heard announcing: "Disperse from the area now. CS gas [tear gas] is being used. Disperse from the area.
Ngo took to Twitter once more, tweeting: "Portland Police chief addresses how Portland has been convulsed by daily violent antifa protests & riots. Last night, antifa militants tried to attack the police union hall & then the north precinct again (they barricaded it and set it on fire last week)."
Police Chief Chuck Lovell made a two-and-a-half minute announcement in response to the chaos that has taken over the city.
"I wanted to take a moment to address the incidents that occurred in North Portland last night. We have experienced weeks of demonstrations that have turned into almost nightly unlawful assemblies, civil disturbances, and riots," Lovell said.
"We have had law enforcement facilities and personnel targeted with violence, including the barricading and burning of an occupied police facility on more than one occasion."
"Last night, another march occurred, this time in a residential neighbourhood where many families were at home and some were likely sleeping. Once again, crowd members targeted police, threw projectiles, lit fires, and threw fireworks at officers."
"Dumpsters were lit on fire and pushed toward a precinct. Several officers were injured. There was a high level of concern for the safety of the officers, but also significant concern for those in the neighbourhoods surrounding the activities. Some have said we are only protecting an empty building and force used was excessive."
"My response to that is we would have seen one building lit on fire in a neighbourhood where a commercial building fire could have led to residences being burned with families inside."
"Life safety for all is our number one priority. We are determined to protect our community. This is bigger than property; this is about human lives. CS gas is uncomfortable, but effective at dispersing crowds. We would rather not use it. We would rather have those in the area follow the law and not engage in dangerous behaviour."
"We provide plenty of warning and everyone there had the opportunity to leave to avoid the use of force. When tools are restricted that help us disperse crowds, the options are limited to batons or physical force."
"This makes it more likely that people will be injured. No one had to be subject to arrest, force, or munitions. This happened because some people chose to engage in violence and destruction. We will always support everyone's right to peacefully protest, but what is happening in some parts of Portland is not that."
Ngo continued by tweeting about the objects used against law enforcement, tweeting: "Overnight on 30 June–1 July in Portland, police made dozens of arrests at the antifa riot in north Portland. Antifa tried to attack the police union hall & later the north precinct. Rioters attacked police w/large rocks & started fires in residential area."
Rioters can be seen talking to one another in front of what appears to be a serious fire during the Day of Rage.
And the Thompson Elk statue, which was previously the city of Portland's focal point, was burned by rioters. It was gifted to the city by former city mayor, David P. Thompson, and had been standing since 1900.