In the evening, protesters gathered at Elizabeth Caruthers Park near the ICE facility for the nightly demonstration. Tonight’s demonstration comes on the back of the news that 545 children have been detained by ICE and cannot be reunited with their parents because they (their parents) have been lost. Accordingly, the number 545 was written on walls around the area of the ICE facility during the demonstration.
Around 8:45 pm, about 100 protesters arrived at the ICE facility, and were mostly standing around and chanting until an unlawful assembly was declared by Homeland Security (DHS) agents at 9:35 pm. What followed was DHS officers pushing protesters out of the area using force and indiscriminately and brutally arresting protesters for the next few hours. An ambulance was also seen pulling into the facility around midnight, but leaves later without a passenger. There are some reports that another ambulance arrived later in the night, but that one didn’t leave empty-handed. By around 1:15 pm, with most of the protesters seemingly leaving the area when the first ambulance left, numbers dwindled and the night ended.
Protesters gather at Elizabeth Caruthers Park in South Portland for the nightly demonstration.
I’m at Elizabeth Caruthers Park in South Portland covering tonight’s sign making event and Direct Action March.— Cata Gaitán (@catalinagaitan_) October 21, 2020
About ~25 people are gathered in the grass, some making signs to replace ones that were torn down and destroyed near the ICE facility in South Portland on Sunday.
A medic tent is set up in the park offering free supplies including earplugs, face masks, bottled water and snacks. A table nearby was piled with stacks of free abolitionist literature, but was disassembled and put away after a light rain began to fall.— Cata Gaitán (@catalinagaitan_) October 21, 2020
The crowd at Elizabeth Caruthers Park is still small, but people seem hopeful it will grow.— Cascadianphotog Media (@Cascadianphotog) October 21, 2020
Recently some back the blue activists came down and ripped several student made BLM signs off of the fence of their school. Earlier today those students replaced their signs.— Cascadianphotog Media (@Cascadianphotog) October 21, 2020
Around 8:40 pm, protesters depart from the park.
The crowd, which has grown to ~50 people, has left Elizabeth Caruthers Park and begun marching south on the sidewalk lining SW Bond Ave. toward the ICE facility, chanting “how do you spell ‘nazi?’ ‘D-H-S!’ How do you spell ‘rapists?’ ‘D-H-S!’ How do you spell “killers?’ ‘D-H-S!’”— Cata Gaitán (@catalinagaitan_) October 21, 2020
While marching along the sidewalk, several eggs were thrown from an apartment complex window overhead, splattering on the ground. “Put on your helmets, everybody!” a person shouted.— Cata Gaitán (@catalinagaitan_) October 21, 2020
Around 8:45 pm, protesters arrive at the ICE facility.
The new signs the students made! pic.twitter.com/rS4mnKOs1c— Cascadianphotog Media (@Cascadianphotog) October 21, 2020
Upon arriving at the ICE facility on SW Moody Ave. and Bancroft St., a voice came over a loudspeaker warning the crowd to stay on the sidewalk and to not engage in criminal activity. Several people began chanting “fuck you, roof cop!”— Cata Gaitán (@catalinagaitan_) October 21, 2020
Protesters arrive at the Portland ICE building, with the intent of replacing the BLM artwork torn down by right wing demonstrators over the weekend. #ICE #AbolishICE #Portland #PortlandProtests #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/EylIknObzH— Garrison Davis (@hungrybowtie) October 21, 2020
Protesters gathered at the Elizabeth Caruthers Park have marched to the ICE detention facility in SW Portland. One resident in the neighborhood hurled glass bottles at the crowd as they marched past. #PortlandProtests #PDXProtests #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/VNPDpBc748— Justin Yau (@PDocumentarians) October 21, 2020
From the side of the ICE building:
Two warning from the Federal Protective Service so far, saying the facility is closed and to stay off the driveway. #ICE #AbolishICE #Portland #PortlandProtests #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/9FOFVZRyKV— Garrison Davis (@hungrybowtie) October 21, 2020
Graffiti "545" has just been chalked on the wooden panels on the ICE detention facility. In reference to recently published reports of the 545 children detained, whose parents could not be tracked down. #PortlandProtests #PDXProtests #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/QqPLE1T7mw— Justin Yau (@PDocumentarians) October 21, 2020
Roxy Diamond performs “Commander In Chief” at tonight’s protest in front of SW Portland’s ICE facility. pic.twitter.com/PcqKBtXFYM— Suzette Smith (@suzettesmith) October 21, 2020
Just after 9:35 pm, Homeland Security (DHS) officers declare the gathering an unlawful assembly.
Federal Protective Services has declared an unlawful assembly.— Cata Gaitán (@catalinagaitan_) October 21, 2020
Around 9:40 pm, DHS officers emerge from the ICE facility to confront protesters.
And they're out. pic.twitter.com/iwaHYCY7Cy— Cascadianphotog Media (@Cascadianphotog) October 21, 2020
There is a problem opening up the gate, an unarmored person comes out the ICE building to remove a sign and open the gate manually from outside. #ICE #AbolishICE #Portland #PortlandProtests #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/pNPfqb1QXk— Garrison Davis (@hungrybowtie) October 21, 2020
A row of officers carrying impact weapons and wearing respirators and helmets stands on SW Lowell St. facing protesters. Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.” plays in the background and neighborhood residents observe the crowd from their apartment balconies overhead. pic.twitter.com/dREM7tFGdX— Cata Gaitán (@catalinagaitan_) October 21, 2020
The scene on SW Moody Ave. and Lowell St. is quiet. Protesters, most of whom are wearing respirators and helmets, are facing the row of ~25 DHS officers in silence. The loudest sound is that of a protester’s sound system playing a local protest anthem, “No Cock Like Horse Cock.”— Cata Gaitán (@catalinagaitan_) October 21, 2020
DHS officers retreat as far back as the front gate of the ICE facility, then rush back out and make several arrests. (CONTENT WARNING: The next two videos contain someone clearly in distress while they are being arrested. Their screams are heard in the next two videos and can be difficult to listen to.)
Federal officers try to grab someone that was verbally insulting them, pepper bullets get fired and there’s a lot of pushing. #ICE #AbolishICE #Portland #PortlandProtests #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/Q0syhozkXm— Garrison Davis (@hungrybowtie) October 21, 2020
During the next group of arrests an officer fired pepper balls into the crowd that surrounded them. 2/2 pic.twitter.com/h5GatIlCPJ— Suzette Smith (@suzettesmith) October 21, 2020
The gate at ICE is closed, federal officers back behind it. Many violent arrests tonight, no teargas or stun grenades yet. #ICE #AbolishICE #Portland #PortlandProtests #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/UrVh5F4aqv— Garrison Davis (@hungrybowtie) October 21, 2020
An ambulance is seen entering the ICE facility just before midnight.
An ambulance pulls into the ICE building, most likely for one of the protesters DHS agents violently assaulted. #ICE #AbolishICE #PortlandProtests #Portland #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/Rnjeinu5xI— Garrison Davis (@hungrybowtie) October 21, 2020
DHS officers rush out of the building and arrest more protesters.
Again, Feds mishandling toxic tear gas canisters. First an officer drops in, then the one who collects it fumbles it. Maybe they should quit their jobs since they can’t do them properly. #PdxProtest #PortlandProtest #AbolishICE pic.twitter.com/QPGBA3gIBi— not too shabby gabby ✨ (@PDXGabs) October 21, 2020
DHS agent charges after someone for unknown reasons, for two blocks. Eventually the officer gives up cause they got outrun. #ICE #AbolishICE #PortlandProtests #Portland #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/JSPPsl04td— Garrison Davis (@hungrybowtie) October 21, 2020
In an attempt to make another targeted arrest, a small federal agents rushed out one block away from the building. One resident threw a glass bottle at agents. No arrest attempt was made. #PortlandProtests #PDXProtests #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/HQV68Z3JoA— Justin Yau (@PDocumentarians) October 21, 2020
No one is taken out in the ambulance that had pulled into the ICE facility.
After the ambulance left the ICE facility, most of the remaining protesters left the area. Signing off from South Portland with this image of a respirator-clad DHS officer holding a weapon and standing in front of a tag that reads “END FORCED STERILIZATION.” Night. ✌? pic.twitter.com/ywmdl1GYeZ— Cata Gaitán (@catalinagaitan_) October 21, 2020
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