Hundreds of protesters gathered in Portland in front of the Justice Center on New Years’ Eve, against capitalism, police, and prisons. Demonstrators lit a Blue Lives Matter flag in front of the JC, burning it to ash while police began to arrive and launching fireworks into the air.
Police then declared a riot, moving in with riot shields. Demonstrators responded by forming an umbrella wall, prepared for police projectiles to come their way. Press and protesters alike were indiscriminately shot with tear gas.
A dumpster was then lit on fire by protesters and then melted to the ground.
When federal agents arrived on the scene, they were met with fireworks and water bottles coming from the activists.
The two crowds then began a back and forth, each temporarily pushing each other back and then retreating. The Multnomah County Sheriffs and Portland Police were also called in to back up the DHS.
Police and sheriffs then bullrushed the crowd, assaulting people, and tear gas was again deployed in the streets despite the PPB being formally banned from using it.
After police pulled back, demonstrators smashed up several stores, including big chains, luxury shops, and several Starbucks cafes.
Below are some photos by journalists done throughout the night: