Federal courthouse, bank, employees attacked by Antifa-inspired rioters who vow to ‘take down the system’

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PORTLAND, OR – A protest that occurred in Portland on March 11th turned destructive, with miscreants within the crowd focusing their destructive ire against the Federal courthouse within the city. 

The protest that bore the common elements of being Antifa-inspired – hosting demonstrators adorning black-bloc, many carrying umbrellas, and engaging and general acts of vandalism – occurred on March 11th in Portland. 

According to online chatter preceding the protest, the protest was aiming to accomplish “Stop Line 3 – DA in solidarity with the Anishinaabe”. For those unaware of the common lingo within the inner circles that compose these protests, “DA” is a typical acronym that stands for “direct action”. 

As for the reference to the “Anishinaabe”, apparently the Anishinaabe refers to Native Americans that would’ve been previously situated in portions of the northern United States and parts of Canada as well. 

And the “Stop Line 3” is an obvious reference to the Line 3 oil pipeline, which has been a point of contention with extreme climate activists for some time

What’s come to be expected from these sorts of protests pretty much played out as usual – starting off with protesters marching, chanting, and harassing those they perceive to be complicit in pipeline-related endeavors. 

Employees at both a local Chase Bank and Wells Fargo endured varying degrees of harassment from those within the crowd.

Apparently there was some sort of heated interaction between demonstrators and a Chase Bank employee, with a gun allegedly getting produced – but no further incidents transpired related to the interaction thereafter. 

After members of the group took out their frustrations on various bank employees, the group moved on to the Federal courthouse to start harassing people within the building. 

Video from some of the interaction between courthouse employees and the hostile crowd initially started as some back-and-forth shouting.

However, things escalated into vandalism and assault, with one protester throwing some sort of liquid at a courthouse employee. 

Due to the increasingly destructive behaviors exhibited by the crowd, federal agents wound up lining the outside of the courthouse and eventually had to use crowd control munitions at times. 

Thereafter, there were attempts by federal agents to move the crowd away from the courthouse, which was initially successful – but only for a brief period, as the crowd had re-amassed out front again and upped the destructive ante. 

Once the agents had moved back into the building, one of the courthouse windows among the facade wound up getting shattered. 

After the window breaking incident, the group wound up dispersing that afternoon. 

But alas – the group wound up returning to the courthouse again that evening, after work crews had spent the remainder of the afternoon trying to fortify vulnerabilities to the courthouse exterior like boarding up windows. 

After various members from within the group that had reassembled outside of the courthouse and removed some of the plywood used to protect windows – additional windows were shattered, and then the flag burning commenced. 

These actions taken by the group of protesters once again prompted a response from federal agents, who used some crowd control munitions to keep the crowd at bay and deter additional acts of vandalism. 

Some additional fires were set by malefactors present, as well as the targeting of windows continued. Bad actors were said to have continued trying to throw various projectiles at federal agents as well. 

Federal agents wound up upgrading the use of force employed while attempting to push the protesters back away from the courthouse, using flashbangs in concurrence with other previously used non-lethal munitions. 

The federal agents then moved back to the courthouse front again, where they and protesters engaged in a sort of standoff. 

This sort of back-and-forth carried on throughout the evening, with some arrests occurring throughout the debacle. Local accounts from the destructive protest claim that at least four people were arrested. 

There was reportedly an attempt of an additional targeted arrest that proved unsuccessful by authorities after protesters allegedly intervened in some form to hinder the arrest. 

Things wound up calming down sometime thereafter, from local reports on the matter.

It’s unclear whether demonstrations of this caliber will continue to transpire outside of the courthouse – but the possibility of such is likely considering the notoriety of the are. 

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In other news related to the negative and criminal actions that often erupt from violent protests, lawmakers in Tennessee are working on a bill to see that drivers who accidentally hit protesters blocking roadways will have a sort of immunity from criminal prosecution. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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Running over these said protesters is obviously illegal, regardless of the fact that the drivers are sometimes in imminent danger. 

Because of this, Tennessee lawmakers are considering a bill that would bring criminal immunity to drivers who hit protesters illegally blocking the road.

According to the bill, if a driver hurts or kills a protester who is illegally blocking a roadway, they will not face prosecutions as long as they “exercise due caution” and do not intentionally hit them. 

Lawmakers supporting the bill say it protects drivers from harm if they’re targeted during a protest.

In a recent hearing on the bill, Representative William Lamberth said:

“If you’re intentionally cause harm this bill won’t cover you, that’s not what we’re trying to do here,” 

FOX17 reported that lawmakers discussed the bill in a criminal justice subcommittee meeting. Representative Bruce Griffey, who co-sponsored the bill, said he wanted stronger language to protect people trying to drive away from protests.

Griffey said:

“Maybe [we] add a provision if someone is trying to flee the situation to avoid the life threatening situation and they happen to hurt someone in the course of fleeing,” 

There are mixed feelings on the bill however, as the ACLU and the NAACP of Tennessee are strongly opposing it with the claim that it unfairly targets those who are advocating for social justice and reform. 

NAACP Tennessee legal redress Van Turner said:

“It’s the republican response to the social justice protests a year ago, but nothing to the insurrection we saw in Washington D.C.,” 

The bill also strengthens punishments on protesters. It would upgrade penalties for illegally blocking streets from a misdemeanor to a class E felony. That brings the maximum penalty from $500 to $3,000, and the person would lose their right to vote, FOX17 reported.

Turner said:

“I shouldn’t lose my right to vote because I’m exercising my first amendment right to peacefully assemble in a protest,” 

During the raging riots masked as protests, many innocent bystanders, such as people walking on the street, or individuals eating in restaurants fell victim to the violence around them. 

This bill will also create new laws to address these issues, including making it illegal to throw something at someone during a protest, and making it illegal to harass someone nearby who isn’t part of the protest.

The ACLU’s Policy Director Brandon Tucker issued the following statement on the bill:

“The ACLU of Tennessee strongly opposes this dangerous anti-protest bill, which targets peaceful assembly and undermines Tennessee’s long-practiced tradition of nonviolent resistance.

This legislation would suppress protest by turning obstruction of traffic into a felony offense, robbing individuals of their right to vote if they are convicted of these new felony charges.

It also offers immunity to drivers who run over protesters in the road and criminalizes speech that causes ’emotional distress’ to or ‘frightens’ another person.

This vague and troubling suppression of free speech can easily be abused, leading to the criminalization of protesters’ words and beliefs.

As was demonstrated this past summer, the government does not need more tools to criminalize, abuse or potentially kill protesters. We will be working hard to defeat this disturbing bill.”

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