On Monday night, thousands of people took to the streets of downtown Portland to protests the presence of federal paramilitaries in Portland. This included a large Wall of Moms group in yellow shirts, as well as the Dad Bloc in orange shirts, many of them carrying leaf blowers. After a rally on the steps of the Justice Center that included speeches and singing We Shall Overcome, many of the protesters marched north to the murals at the Apple Store before returning to the Justice Center area.
A smaller group of people at the Federal Courthouse began attempting to open a flap on the front of the building (referred to as a “murder hole”) and around 11:30 PM a smoke canister was thrown from inside the building. This drew a larger group to the courthouse, and the yellow-shirted moms moved toward the front as the crowd pushed up against the entire front of the building. Protesters beat on the front the building and pulled at the plywood covering the windows and doors. Eventually they succeeded in tearing the plywood away, and the feds threw more smoke and flashbangs before rushing out, using tear gas and other munitions. At this point many protesters dispersed.
A group of a few hundred people remained, dozens of them facing off the feds with a wall of umbrellas and shields, and when the feds returned inside the courthouse the protesters began throwing water bottles at the murder hole. The feds came out again, deploying more tear gas and pushing through the park. After they pulled back, people resumed cooking and eating at Riot Ribs. There was one last push like this before the end of the night.
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Riot Ribs is looking well-stocked tonight! We’re glad that they’re back in the park and able to have this space to work:
Coolers ☑️ water ☑️ pic.twitter.com/pqKwDry8Lv— Griffin – Live from the Justice Center (@GriffinMalone6) July 21, 2020
After the moms came out against the feds last night, tonight there’s a dad group as well. In theory, it’s moms in yellow shirts and dads in orange, but we doubt such binary gender lines accurately represent this crowd. At least a thousand people are currently out here:
A better look at the size of the crowd:
Moms “hands up, don’t shoot” pic.twitter.com/qvJKgJkz5m— Sergio Olmos (@MrOlmos) July 21, 2020
Big crowd that stretches back into Chapman park! pic.twitter.com/ehzv00P8pR— Suzette Smith (@suzettesmith) July 21, 2020
Speeches are in progress on the steps of the Jusice Center. A speaker says that seeing all these moms is healing something inside of her. “This is some beautiful shit y’all.”— Suzette Smith (@suzettesmith) July 21, 2020
Her megaphone needs new batteries. A dad in the crowd yells, “What size?” He might have some.
The crowd has continued to grow:
Thousands of folks in the crowd. One of the biggest crowds I’ve seen in more than 50 days of protesting. They fill the road and most of Chapman Square across the street. They’re even sitting on the sides of the Justice Center. Lots of mom-bloc in yellow. pic.twitter.com/L4ajyA6v8V— Tuck Woodstock (@tuckwoodstock) July 21, 2020
Tuck addresses the risk of violence in choosing the Justice Center vs. the Federal Courthouse as the focus of the protest:
Projected on the Justice Center are the words “FED GOONS OUT OF PDX”:
Speaker talking about the destruction people say is happening in Portland.— Suzette Smith (@suzettesmith) July 21, 2020
“The destruction is not the window. The destruction is not the building.
The destruction is the lives!” pic.twitter.com/JEa2VDsGmG
Moms sing “We shall overcome” pic.twitter.com/kACkZCZkMx— Sergio Olmos (@MrOlmos) July 21, 2020
The Federal Courthouse situation is a big contrast from previous nights:
People got repeatedly assaulted for entering this part of the Courthouse last night. Tonight they are drinking from open containers, kicking it, and heckling the agents inside. pic.twitter.com/csTxVSz4eI— Robert Evans (The Only Robert Evans) (@IwriteOK) July 21, 2020
A large section of the crowd marches toward the murals at the Apple store:
Marching north on SW 6th pic.twitter.com/6rEeyYuV8O— Suzette Smith (@suzettesmith) July 21, 2020
A lot of people here. Marching up Madison. Moms leading the way pic.twitter.com/7MAayUBWTo— Nathan Howard (@SmileItsNathan) July 21, 2020
Other folks remain at the Justice Center:
Checking in on the march:
Crowd shouts a name of someone lost to police brutality. pic.twitter.com/n6vKhxagcC— Suzette Smith (@suzettesmith) July 21, 2020
Throughout these past nearly two months of protests in Portland, there have been tensions between two clusters of organizers about the type of protest or action that’s needed. The current version of the more reform-oriented group is the “Portland Protest Bureau”, which has some of the same organizers as the earlier Rose City Justice group.
Many of the regular Justice Center protesters refer to the PPB/RCJ members as “swoopers” for their tendency to come along with a megaphone and march groups away from locations that are likely to result in direct interaction with law enforcement.
Good energy tonight though!
Portland, where at least a thousand regular moms and dads are chanting “fuck the police”— 45th ןǝןןɐɹɐd ʇsıpɹnsqɐ ǝpɐbıɹq (@45thabsurdist) July 21, 2020
Meanwhile, a look at the current state of the courthouse:
If you’re just tuning in, the federal courthouse is completely covered in graffiti, and has been for many weeks.— Tuck Woodstock (@tuckwoodstock) July 21, 2020
You may have seen @DHS_Wolf talk about “violent anarchists” doing graffiti on federal property? This is what he’s talking about. This is why feds are here, I guess. pic.twitter.com/SO3vTaHEwt
Marchers return to the Justice Center:
The main group of protesters (mostly mom-bloc in the front) are now arriving back at the justice center and federal courthouse. A young queer Black person is leading a chant of “hey hey, ho ho, these racist cops have got to go.” pic.twitter.com/s0OeujFTjy— Tuck Woodstock (@tuckwoodstock) July 21, 2020
There are now two groups: mostly parent bloc at the justice center (PPB) listening to speeches, and then more younger protesters at the courthouse (feds) chanting “stay together, stay tight, we do this every night” and “Breonna Taylor”— Tuck Woodstock (@tuckwoodstock) July 21, 2020
Someone is bravely? messing with the murder hole on the front of the Federal Courthouse:
Someone opened the flap from the outside. Someone closed it from the inside. pic.twitter.com/YcYPGLu9A0— 45th ןǝןןɐɹɐd ʇsıpɹnsqɐ ǝpɐbıɹq (@45thabsurdist) July 21, 2020
Feds respond with smoke:
The moms are ready!
Moms have moved up, linking arms on the federal courthouse pic.twitter.com/ayf7sfLekN— Sergio Olmos (@MrOlmos) July 21, 2020
Umbrella Force now shielding the Mom Force, that is shielding the rest of the crowd. #MomsAreHere #blacklivesmatter #protest #pdx #portland #oregon #blm #acab #PortlandProtest #PDXprotest #PortlandPolice #Feds pic.twitter.com/11W33763ai— Garrison Davis (Teargas Proof) (@hungrybowtie) July 21, 2020
Line of of mom-bloc with linked arms. There are several rows of protesters between the courthouse doors and the mom bloc, just for context. And many many protesters behind them, as well. pic.twitter.com/aVrOXSvHIt— Tuck Woodstock (@tuckwoodstock) July 21, 2020
Some fence is now in front of the Courthouse door, Moms then surround the door. There are calls for gas masks to be passed up for the Moms. #MomsAreHere #blacklivesmatter #protest #pdx #portland #oregon #blm #acab #PortlandProtest #PDXprotest #PortlandPolice #Feds pic.twitter.com/SDq66OwxK9— Garrison Davis (Teargas Proof) (@hungrybowtie) July 21, 2020
Found the highest angle I could possible pic.twitter.com/kltw3gGJZd— Cory Elia (@TheRealCoryElia) July 21, 2020
For at least half an hour people have been banging on the courthouse, yelling, pulling at the plywood that covers it. They succeed in getting through:
Plywood being pried off the courthouse. pic.twitter.com/qwAX1JffKY— Suzette Smith (@suzettesmith) July 21, 2020
The feds do not like this:
Tear gas at Lownsdale Square pic.twitter.com/EDzOfw50dG— ?️?Andrew D. Jankowski?️? (@AndrewJank) July 21, 2020
Federal officers advanced from the south. Protesters pulled back to the west. Since the wind is blowing east the smoke blew back on the officers. Tonight the protesters don’t want to leave the park. The conflict is ongoing.— Suzette Smith (@suzettesmith) July 21, 2020
I have lots of video but here is a dad with a leaf blower defending the kids. pic.twitter.com/JI31Qeeyvb— Suzette Smith (@suzettesmith) July 21, 2020
At 12:25am m, the moms were dispersed pic.twitter.com/786ZBwnvQa— Sergio Olmos (@MrOlmos) July 21, 2020
Federal forces approached from the South pushing the crowd North West. A full array of crowd control munitions have been used. Plums of tear gas engulfed the park. Many ‘moms against police brutality’ can be seen suffering the effects. #PortlandProtests #PDXprotests #BLM pic.twitter.com/ip1CkHDowP— Portland Independent Documentarians (@PDocumentarians) July 21, 2020
Protesters have regrouped on Main:
Crowd shouting feds go home. Feds still shooting rounds of what are likely pepper balls. pic.twitter.com/zxogPWShP2— Tuck Woodstock (@tuckwoodstock) July 21, 2020
Continued standoff. I believe this person with the shield is filming behind it. Front of the shield says “press.” Amazing. pic.twitter.com/3eK5lFNOLN— Tuck Woodstock (@tuckwoodstock) July 21, 2020
Here’s the scene at the moment pic.twitter.com/eCibUwT7sX— Sergio Olmos (@MrOlmos) July 21, 2020
The feds finished whatever repairs they were making to the plywood and went back inside, while protesters move in closer now.
Feds finish repairs and retreat inside. pic.twitter.com/lz4ybu7Wdn— Nathan Howard (@SmileItsNathan) July 21, 2020
Protesters have retaken the steps of the federal courthouse. Federal officers are firing impact munitions, as protesters return water bottles from behind shields. #PortlandProtests #PDXprotests #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/XhMfggwnhS— Portland Independent Documentarians (@PDocumentarians) July 21, 2020
Video from a few minutes ago as the federal agents retreated. A protester tosses a canister of tear gas back towards the courthouse. pic.twitter.com/YJZ2TQOfU0— Tuck Woodstock (@tuckwoodstock) July 21, 2020
We’re seeing videos circulate of a de-arrest against the feds on the courthouse steps during the initial push, and we’re not including it for the safety of the participants but there are two things to note: it was successful, and the fed they attacked pulled a side-arm on the crowd.
Protesters at the courthouse threw water bottles toward the murder hole from behind a line of shields for the next while:
Lest you think we’ve stopped caring about recycling in this town, know that there are people picking up trash and spent munitions throughout the night.
The feds charge again:
Federal officers came charging out pic.twitter.com/WtOufMWrGi— Sergio Olmos (@MrOlmos) July 21, 2020
The feds really seriously don’t like the press:
A member of the press donning a hi-vis press vest with credentials displayed was shot with pepper ball munitions while she was filming. #PortlandProtests #PDXprotests #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/KWxHd6Q3t2— Portland Independent Documentarians (@PDocumentarians) July 21, 2020
Feds push back through the park with more tear gas and flashbangs:
Federal officers came into the park to disperse protestors pic.twitter.com/mxCPdWSDHZ— Sergio Olmos (@MrOlmos) July 21, 2020
Some stuff was messed up at Riot Ribs but they’re still grilling:
Courthouse cleanup resumes:
Cleaning up after getting shot at. pic.twitter.com/RAcB83ri3U— Griffin – Live from the Justice Center (@GriffinMalone6) July 21, 2020
Another round of tear gas:
One more dispersal. This one prompted by a fire on one of the federal courthouse doors. pic.twitter.com/bUEhvyGa4v— Nathan Howard (@SmileItsNathan) July 21, 2020
It was a very small fire:
Here’s the fire in front of the federal courthouse pic.twitter.com/Nr5ebVvRzh— Sergio Olmos (@MrOlmos) July 21, 2020
The crowds continued to dwindle after this.
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- Pepper balls
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Number of arrests
- assaulting a federal officer
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