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White House slams Antifa Portland protests and ‘anyone who committed a crime should be prosecuted’

The White House has condemned the riots in Portland and Seattle that took place following Joe Biden‘s inauguration after the president remained silent on the issue. 

‘President Biden condemned protests and violence on the far right and far left before he was president,’ asked a Fox News journalist on Monday, ‘Why haven’t we heard anything directly from him about about the riots in Portland and the Pacific Northwest since he was inaugurated?’ 

‘President Biden condemns violence and any violence in the strongest possible terms,’ White House press secretary Jen Psaki responded during the press briefing on Monday. 

‘Peaceful protests are a cornerstone of our democracy but smashing windows is not protesting and neither is looting, and actions like these are totally unacceptable,’ she continued.

‘Actions like these are totally unacceptable and anyone who committed a crime should be prosecuted to the fullest extent.’ 

White House press secretary Jen Psaki denounced the post-election riots in Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington

Federal police deployed tear gas in an attempt to disperse protesters who threw rocks and eggs at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement building in Portland, Oregon, late last Wednesday night, according to authorities

Federal police deployed tear gas in an attempt to disperse protesters who threw rocks and eggs at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement building in Portland, Oregon, late last Wednesday night, according to authorities

A group of protesters shield themselves from chemical irritants fired by police during protests in Portland, Oregon last Wednesday

A group of protesters shield themselves from chemical irritants fired by police during protests in Portland, Oregon last Wednesday

Psaki said that Biden ‘condemns violence’ and supports ‘peaceful protests’.  

More than a dozen people were arrested across the two cities after demonstrators who were angry with Biden targeted government buildings along with the Oregon Democratic Party building in Portland.

In Portland, 150 people marched on the headquarters of the Democratic Party of Oregon followed by a second march to the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) building.

The protesters dressed in black spray painted buildings and broke windows marching under a banner that read: ‘We don’t want Biden — we want revenge for police murders, imperialist wars, and fascist massacres.’  

Federal police were forced to deploy tear gas in an attempt to disperse protesters who threw rocks and eggs at the ICE building.

Psaki said President Biden 'condemns violence in the strongest possible terms'

Psaki said President Biden ‘condemns violence in the strongest possible terms’

Police officers respond to protesters rallying against the new Biden-Harris administration and to call upon them to abolish ICE in Portland, Oregon last Wednesday night

Police officers respond to protesters rallying against the new Biden-Harris administration and to call upon them to abolish ICE in Portland, Oregon last Wednesday night

Antifa members dressed in black are seen smashing windows of the Democratic Party of Oregon headquarters in Portland ;ast WEdnesday

Antifa members dressed in black are seen smashing windows of the Democratic Party of Oregon headquarters in Portland ;ast WEdnesday

In Seattle around 100 people marched leading to broken windows at the federal courthouse. Officers arrested three people.

While some right-wing extremist groups had vowed to disrupt Biden’s inauguration following the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol, only scattered protests and violence emerged last Wednesday. 

The ICE building has been the site of several violent clashes between demonstrators and federal police over the past year, particularly after the May 25 police-involved death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. 

The clashes late on Wednesday escalated to the point where authorities needed to block off streets leading to the building.

Video posted to social media show flash bangs exploding as federal authorities attempted to quell the unrest.

The demonstrators have long demanded that ICE, the agency that has drawn the ire of pro-immigrant advocates for its aggressive enforcement of immigration laws, be abolished. 

Protesters were fired with tear gas during a rally outside the ICE building in Portland, Oregon after Biden's inauguration

Protesters were fired with tear gas during a rally outside the ICE building in Portland, Oregon after Biden’s inauguration 

Federal authorities use tear gas and flash bangs in an attempt to disperse rioters outside the ICE building in Portland, Oregon, on Wednesday

Federal authorities use tear gas and flash bangs in an attempt to disperse rioters outside the ICE building in Portland, Oregon, on Wednesday

Out of the 15 people apprehended, seven had already been arrested during earlier Antifa riots.

The rest of the group of 200 people quickly vanished into nearby neighborhood streets. 

Black Lives Matter-Antifa had already announced they were to host a January 20th riot and it saw 150 Antifa dressed in black march through the city streets. 

The group stopped traffic as they headed to the headquarters of the Democratic Party of Oregon carrying a large banner stating: ‘WE DON’T WANT BIDEN—WE WANT REVENGE!’ in response to ‘police murders’ and ‘imperialist wars.’

Using hammers and batons, the mob smashed the windows to offices before dragging dumpsters onto the street setting fire to them.   

Police armed with riot gear fired tear gas into the crowds of protesters in Portland, Wednesday

Police armed with riot gear fired tear gas into the crowds of protesters in Portland, Wednesday

During the arrests, Portland Police confiscated knives, batons, a crowbar, pepper spray and homemade firebombs.  

The demonstrators have long demanded that ICE, the agency that has drawn the ire of pro-immigrant advocates for its aggressive enforcement of immigration laws, be abolished.    

Protests struck Portland and Seattle just hours after US President Joe Biden’s inauguration, police said Thursday, with Democratic Party and federal immigration offices vandalized and reports of tear gas and stun grenades used.

More than 200 Antifa protesters reportedly descended on Tacoma, Washington, where they busted the windows of buildings and set fires in the streets on Sunday, just a day after wreaking havoc in Portland

More than 200 Antifa protesters reportedly descended on Tacoma, Washington, where they busted the windows of buildings and set fires in the streets on Sunday, just a day after wreaking havoc in Portland

Protesters watch the barricade burn after setting it on fire

Protesters watch the barricade burn after setting it on fire

Protesters march through downtown Tacoma during the protest on Sunday in Tacoma, Washington

Protesters march through downtown Tacoma during the protest on Sunday in Tacoma, Washington 

On Sunday night, more than 200 Antifa protesters descended on Tacoma, Washington, where they busted the windows of buildings and set fires in the streets on Sunday, just a day after wreaking havoc in Portland.  

Video footage and images showed broken glass scattered on the sidewalk outside of businesses and graffiti sprayed on the side of buildings. 

Protesters started at least two fires in the area using a barricade for one and an American flag for the other. Dozens of Tacoma police officers were seen lined up on bikes as protesters approached them. 

Late Sunday night, Tacoma police declared an ‘unlawful assembly’ as crowds continued to march through the streets protesting the department after an officer was see running over a man on Saturday. 

The Pacific Northwest region emerged as a hotbed of demonstrations last year, but any hopes that the end of Donald Trump’s term in office would quickly halt violent unrest tied to far-left groups were dashed Wednesday.


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