During the day a right-wing Back the Blue Rally took place downtown. Estimates put the number of attendees of this rally around 50-60 people. During the rally, attendees ransacked a houseless camp at Chapman Park next to where they were demonstrating, graffitied buildings and at least one statue, and deployed pepper balls and mace against the comparatively small group of counter-protesters that had come to oppose the event. By the end of the demonstration, right-wing protesters retreated to a parking garage and eventually left from there in their cars while escorted by police.
More importantly, today is Indigenous Peoples Day of Rage. Accordingly, an indigenous-led march was slated for the evening. This event called strictly for no cameras to be recording and absolutely no live-streaming. At sunset, protesters gathered under the Burnside Bridge and then marched downtown, the end location of which was not disclosed. Journalists on the ground reported that the group moved with deliberate energy and purpose, and despite numbering around 300 people were able to stay together effectively. Within a few minutes of reaching the South Park Blocks downtown, protesters were able to topple two statues, one of Theodore Roosevelt and later one of Abraham Lincoln. Soon after, an unlawful assembly was called and then quickly upgraded to a riot and the crowd dispersed. Some of the group were followed and pushed by Portland Police by the waterfront, but for such an eventful night, very few arrests were made. The demonstration ended by about 10:30 pm, although Portland Police harassed and arrested a member of one of the snack vans a little bit later.
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A Back the Blue Rally began early in the day downtown, at some point during which attendees begin harassing a houseless encampment in the area.
This just in the back the blue rally is now destroying tents and throwing things away of houseless folks at Chapman— TheeDanialleJames (@ImNotYourNigger) October 11, 2020
People by the tent village say the Blue Lives group stole signs and artwork they had decorated the former “Nightmare Elk” island with. They say people in the Blue Lives crowd also claimed to be responsible for taking the “Nightmare Elk” statue, which was stolen yesterday morning.— Suzette Smith (@suzettesmith) October 11, 2020
Content Warning: c- slur used in the video below.
Words cannot describe how excited I am not to be coming to you live from 3rd and Alder where perhaps 60 chuds are…well, I walked up and was immediately threatened by a man with an AR-15 so you could say things are tense pic.twitter.com/H9LOWr4odg— Laura Jedeed (Misanthrophile) (@1misanthrophile) October 11, 2020
When I arrived, the Blue Lives protest was walking up SW 3rd to the spot at 3rd and SW Alder where Aaron Danielson died after being shot on August 29th, after a pro Trump rally. They stood there for 10-15 before returning to the JC area. pic.twitter.com/jUZbU1ArB0— Suzette Smith (@suzettesmith) October 11, 2020
The group of protesters move back towards Chapman Square after briefly standing at the site of Aaron Danielson’s death.
The whatever -the-fuck-this-is has moved back to Chapman Square— Laura Jedeed (Misanthrophile) (@1misanthrophile) October 11, 2020
Is this just how Sundays are now? This is the Lord’s day, wonder how he feels about all this
A very heavily-armed crew. Multiple AR-15s, a ton of mace, I’ve seen sevwr paintball guns— Laura Jedeed (Misanthrophile) (@1misanthrophile) October 11, 2020
Currently moving down Main St. Looks like they’re going home. Good. I don’t want to be here I want to be playing video games and feeling guilty about not writing@suzettesmith is also here
There are maybe 15 counter-protesters. Seriously outnumbered— Laura Jedeed (Misanthrophile) (@1misanthrophile) October 11, 2020
As the armed whatever walks down Main they turn their backs, hold their middle fingers almost, and chant George Floyd’s name
The chuds have stopped at 2nd and Main now that they no longer have the “chased out of Portland we are victims” narrative going on— Laura Jedeed (Misanthrophile) (@1misanthrophile) October 11, 2020
If I seem more, um, colorful than usual it’s because I just got threatened with an AR-15 and I didn’t like it
A Black activist is talking about the bullshit the chuds apparently spewed on black-on-black crime. About the importance of fighting against the police state, housing as a right, sex worker rights, casual racism, institutional racism— Laura Jedeed (Misanthrophile) (@1misanthrophile) October 11, 2020
Feeling better already
The Blue Lives protesters retreated to a parking garage on SW 2nd and Madison where they yelled at counter protesters and threw water bottles from the 7th floor. pic.twitter.com/xMRquddlA6— Suzette Smith (@suzettesmith) October 11, 2020
Shooting from elevated position pepper balls pic.twitter.com/NU0XDtAKc5— Cozca Itzpapalotl (@KohzKah) October 11, 2020
Tensions are high pic.twitter.com/MzGfCc6N0q— Cozca Itzpapalotl (@KohzKah) October 11, 2020
Cops have entered the situation: appear to be going into the parking garage on 2nd and Madison where the chuds are raining projectiles down on the small counterprotest. Things are not always one-sided but today? All aggression coming from the chud side since I got here— Laura Jedeed (Misanthrophile) (@1misanthrophile) October 11, 2020
Cops entering the garage where some of the chuds are. I walk through a cloud of mace like an amateur pic.twitter.com/odRJT3ieTE— Laura Jedeed (Misanthrophile) (@1misanthrophile) October 11, 2020
As right-wing protesters leave in their cars, they are escorted by Portland Police officers.
The chuds are leaving. A group of counter-protesters decide to enter the garage and capture plates as the cars leave. Many have plates obscured— Laura Jedeed (Misanthrophile) (@1misanthrophile) October 11, 2020
They’re yelling at the cars. People in the cars are armed. Everyone’s tense and scared. Close quarters. This is not a good plan
Cops order all counter-protesters to leave or be arrested pic.twitter.com/5zhq6U1hYl— Laura Jedeed (Misanthrophile) (@1misanthrophile) October 11, 2020
The cops stand guard so that the far right can safely leave pic.twitter.com/JUrZE1rQ5r— Laura Jedeed (Misanthrophile) (@1misanthrophile) October 11, 2020
The counter protesters demanded to know why officers were not arresting the Blue Lives participants who maced people, shot paint balls, and threw water bottles from the 7th floor of the parking structure. An officer invited them to file a police report.— Suzette Smith (@suzettesmith) October 11, 2020
By around 4:20 pm, attendees of the Back the Blue rally leave the area and counter-protesters focus their efforts on aiding the houseless encampment that was attacked by rally-goers.
Looks like things are over, thank God. A few people from the counterprotest are at Chapman trying to help the houseless people whose stuff got fucked with— Laura Jedeed (Misanthrophile) (@1misanthrophile) October 11, 2020
I’m told someone has brought supplies and tents. I love this city sometimes
Gonna stick around for a few more minutes
PPB just threatened arrests , if folks didn’t start dispersing; after the armed far right exited – while some of their cars had no license plates.— Shea (@SheaPDX_) October 11, 2020
In the evening, a demonstration honoring Indigenous Peoples Day of Rage begins at sunset. Indigenous organizers have said that cameras and live-streaming will not be permitted at this event.
To be clear – they are circling the JC— Peter (@gravemorgan) October 12, 2020
There is a good turn out so far. Native activists are speaking. Land acknowledgement given by Warm Springs tribal member.. #IndigenousPeoplesDayPDX— Cozca Itzpapalotl (@KohzKah) October 12, 2020
I don’t know how much I’ll be live tweeting tonight, but I just arrived and the air is sweet with what smells like burning sage and there are around 300 gathered #PortlandProtests— Peter (@gravemorgan) October 12, 2020
The demonstration departs from their meeting place under the Burnside Bridge just before 8 pm and begins marching to an undisclosed location.
“No good cops!”— Cascadianphotog Media (@Cascadianphotog) October 12, 2020
“No good presidents!”
“”Give the land to it’s original residents!”
March leaders paused the march and offered a song of prayer.— Shea (@SheaPDX_) October 12, 2020
We are dead stopped on burnside to do a prayer chant / dance and this is hands down one of the coolest / most powerful events I’ve been to in a long time. The energy is palpable #PortlandProtests— Peter (@gravemorgan) October 12, 2020
As the protest takes over Burnside the Indigenous leaders halt the group sing a sacred prayer. There is total silence from the crowd as their voices ring out in the heart of downtown Portland. #PortlandProtest #PdxProtest #SafePdx— not too shabby gabby ✨ (@PDXGabs) October 12, 2020
March continues after a little over five minute dance & prayer.— Shea (@SheaPDX_) October 12, 2020
“What do we want? Land Back! When do we want it? Now!” Chants resume.
There is a call for all BOPOC to the front of the march— 45th parallel absurdist brigade (@45thabsurdist) October 12, 2020
This march is super conscious of pace, several wheelchair bloc are in front leading the march (I’m not sure if this is the right term, my apologies if it is not) – anyways – I love this #PortlandProtests— Peter (@gravemorgan) October 12, 2020
Current chant: “Kill the pipeline save the land”— 45th parallel absurdist brigade (@45thabsurdist) October 12, 2020
At 8:30 pm, Portland Police began making announcements to the moving crowd.
LRAD announcement declaring criminal behavior at 8:30 PM , towards folks gathered listening to indigenous folks stories & prayers.— Shea (@SheaPDX_) October 12, 2020
LRAD has announced that the group is participating in criminal behavior and are threatening the crowd with impact munitions and arrest. Currently near the PSU park blocks and the energy is intense but focused. #PortlandProtest #PdxProtest— not too shabby gabby ✨ (@PDXGabs) October 12, 2020
LRAD has been heard, but there has not yet been any visible police presence near the march— 45th parallel absurdist brigade (@45thabsurdist) October 12, 2020
Protesters take down a statue of Theodore Roosevelt located in the Park Blocks downtown.
Crowd is pulling down the colonizer statue in the park blocks outside the portland art museum! ???#PortlandProtests— Peter (@gravemorgan) October 12, 2020
LRAD DAD IS HERE AND MAD
The teddy roosevelt statue in downtown Portland has been taken down by protestors— Sergio Olmos (@MrOlmos) October 12, 2020
Minutes later another statue comes down – this time of Abraham Lincoln.
Another colonizer bites the dust! Abraham Lincoln used abolition to further his economic political agenda, NOT a to liberate Black lives. #PortlandProtest #PdxProtest #indigenouspeoplesday2020 #SafePdx— not too shabby gabby ✨ (@PDXGabs) October 12, 2020
The Oregon Historical Society and Museum sustained some damaged.
The Oregon Historical Society + museum was re-decorated tonight. The people are enraged and they will not be stopped until fascist and colonial institutions are abolished. #PortlandProtest #PdxProtest #SafePdx— not too shabby gabby ✨ (@PDXGabs) October 12, 2020
At around 9:35 pm Portland Police declare the gathering an unlawful assembly.
Ppb is here now— Cozca Itzpapalotl (@KohzKah) October 12, 2020
Minutes later the declaration updates to a riot.
The crowds high and intense energy remains, Indigenous folks are playing drums while we are getting told that this has now been declared a riot. #PortlandProtests— Shea (@SheaPDX_) October 12, 2020
Riot cops arrived but got off their van blocks away from the protesters so by the time they reached the crowd they weren’t able to catch many even when he sprinted. One cop did pushed me around when I asked what would happen if I didn’t cross the street. Touchy! #PDXprotests— not too shabby gabby ✨ (@PDXGabs) October 12, 2020
We are getting pushed hard, but the crowd is sticking together— Shea (@SheaPDX_) October 12, 2020
PPB pushed a few blocks then disappeared. Protesters are now trying to regroup. Multiple residents have opened their doors asking passing Protesters if they need a safe haven.— Cascadianphotog Media (@Cascadianphotog) October 12, 2020
A group of protesters that had splintered from the main demonstration are pushed by Portland Police at the waterfront.
Protesters disperse quickly after the initial push.
Most of the group has dispersed. Riot vans still circling downtown.— Cascadianphotog Media (@Cascadianphotog) October 12, 2020
By 10:30 pm most protesters have cleared the area.
Portland was water tonight and totally dispersed after the push. Goodnight everyone.— Melissa “Claudio” Lewis (@Claudio_Report) October 12, 2020
Snack van/soup van is pulled over driver arrested. Police say the the vehicle was used in a crime. When asked what crime the officer responds “you’ll see when the video comes out” pic.twitter.com/9iQSjCOYAw— 45th parallel absurdist brigade (@45thabsurdist) October 12, 2020
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Portland Police Bureau
Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, Reckless Endangering, Unlawful Use of Pepper Spray, Assault in the Fourth Degree, Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, Riot, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Possession of a Loaded Firearm in Public