Protesters had a relatively quiet night in front of the ICE facility tonight. Most of the sound in the area came from the drums that protesters kept going throughout the few hours they were there, which drew the ire of one neighborhood resident who took to yelling at protesters from their balcony across the intersection from the ICE facility. According to on-the-ground-estimates, there were around 70 protesters in attendance of this event.
Besides the appearance of a right-wing live-streamer and the previously mentioned irate neighbor, the demonstration was relatively calm until an explosion was heard in the area, reportedly freezing the crowd. Journalists that went to inspect the area found a soy sauce bottle, smelling heavily of something burnt, and other broken bottle pieces where the munition had been thrown, which was also in the yard of The Cottonwood School. After there was no follow up to this incident protesters went back to drumming and chanting in front of ICE.
The only officers seen all night included one seen inside the facility shining a bright flashlight at protesters from a third story window, and occasionally setting it to strobe, and one who was seen moving behind the front door towards the end of the night but never came out. Without police interference and, for once, with the vigil they built still in tact, protesters ended the demonstration around 12:30 am.
A demonstration in front of ICE begins at Elizabeth Caruthers Park nearby at 9 pm.
I just parked in front of ICE, and I am walking to the designated meeting area for tonight‘s protest. There is a memorial currently standing unattended in front of the ICE building. As the evening progresses, I will post updates on this thread. pic.twitter.com/BCxQ825La1— Alix Powell (@thatpowellgirl) January 31, 2021
A scattered but steady gaggle of protesters have begun marching towards the facility. There is no chanting, but the drum line is setting a steady tone. pic.twitter.com/8dJwCzjMUI— Alix Powell (@thatpowellgirl) January 31, 2021
Around 9:15 pm federal officers begin making an announcement to just-arriving protesters.
A warning has been issued from the ICE building, warning protesters not to trespass. pic.twitter.com/7V2pUV2N1T— Alix Powell (@thatpowellgirl) January 31, 2021
FPS just made their first announcement at the ICE building in Portland. They’re saying it’s closed and anyone on the property (including the press) will be arrested. People are thus far making sounds with drums and chanting“ what’s outrageous?! Kids in cages!”— Alissa Azar (@R3volutionDaddy) January 31, 2021
A right-wing livestreamer is present at the protest, and is promptly removed by members of the group.
Jake from behind enemy lines is here. Protesters confront him on the sidewalk while ICE makes an announcement stating that the facility is closed. #AbolishICE #pdxprotest #portlandprotests pic.twitter.com/K65mzxwf8F— Bethany Kerley (@BethanyKerleyOR) January 31, 2021
A right wing streamer, who streams under the name Behind Enemy Lines has been ejected from the protest. pic.twitter.com/XvXh3C2LQZ— Alix Powell (@thatpowellgirl) January 31, 2021
“Chinga la migra!” ?? pic.twitter.com/XzcPhTR1Vh— Alissa Azar (@R3volutionDaddy) January 31, 2021
FLASH WARNING: The first 5 seconds of the footage below contains a small rapidly flashing light. The light is no longer in frame after the first 5 seconds.
About 50 protesters have assembled in front of the ICE facility in SW Portland. federal agents within have just warmed protesters to stay off the driveway and federal property. #PortlandProtests #PDXProtests #ICEProtest. pic.twitter.com/WdgpJuaMJm— Justin Yau (@PDocumentarians) January 31, 2021
“How do you spell Nazi? DHS!” pic.twitter.com/2H3cJdGSJz— Alix Powell (@thatpowellgirl) January 31, 2021
You cannot hear the voices over the drums from where I am standing, but the crowd is chanting, “no good cops, no good presidents, give the land back to its original residents.” The irony of enforcing immigration laws on stolen land is a consistent source of anger here. pic.twitter.com/tLffQl1eZ3— Alix Powell (@thatpowellgirl) January 31, 2021
As per usual, protesters have cleared the road for oncoming traffic. The driver of this car honked their horn to show support for the protesters. pic.twitter.com/LGJaM4WR58— Alix Powell (@thatpowellgirl) January 31, 2021
A closer look at the vigil in front of the ICE facility.
It’s raining pretty hard now bear got an umbrella pic.twitter.com/S19DOusaBH— Alissa Azar (@R3volutionDaddy) January 31, 2021
These signs, appearing to have been made by students, hang on the fence at The Cottonwood School of Civics and Science, which stands directly next-door to the ICE facility. pic.twitter.com/MyJBhYR5yd— Alix Powell (@thatpowellgirl) January 31, 2021
Additional insights into the school, this is a picture of the playground in the front of the building. I’m told each little orange flag marks the location of a soil sample taken by an ecologist who is studying the contamination levels caused by the chemical weapons used by DHS. pic.twitter.com/azgmuZTARH— Alix Powell (@thatpowellgirl) January 31, 2021
Just after 9:30 pm a munition is deployed in the area, the origin of which is unknown.
Someone a block up from ICE threw some kind of smoke bomb. Nobody knows who, and nobody knows where they are or where they came from. When it first detonated, you could feel the entire crowd tense. Nobody wins in the game of “flash bang or firework.” pic.twitter.com/n1hl5ZYHMt— Alix Powell (@thatpowellgirl) January 31, 2021
On the ground outside of the schools gate. Its a really strong chemical smell, it burns before you can even make it out. A neighbor saw someone crouching where this was placed pic.twitter.com/kLe4S15WAK— Alissa Azar (@R3volutionDaddy) January 31, 2021
The smoke bomb may not have been a simple firework as I originally suspected. An anonymous source has given me this video where somebody recovered a soy sauce bottle that was emitting a burning smell. I believe it has been passed on to a local scientist to be tested. pic.twitter.com/D2SgsABiKb— Alix Powell (@thatpowellgirl) January 31, 2021
Yup. That was an IED thrown at the Cottonwood School of Civics and Science. Likely targeted because of Dr. @JuniperLSimonis research. Someone pointed me to where the smoke came from and we found this https://t.co/rF6X4hY6sp pic.twitter.com/5HAGH1Lyph— Alissa Azar (@R3volutionDaddy) January 31, 2021
Things are pretty quiet so far. Just drums and chants from protesters. No response from ICE other than an announcement that the facility is closed. It’s pouring rain and there are about 70 protesters in total, letting traffic pass.— Suzette Smith (@suzettesmith) January 31, 2021
“What’s going on?” a driver asks.
Pranks: pic.twitter.com/J3HGQkvuaN— Suzette Smith (@suzettesmith) January 31, 2021
A “Thing Blue Line” flag is burning (very slowly, because of the rain) pic.twitter.com/JBE4isinEo— Alix Powell (@thatpowellgirl) January 31, 2021
People are starting to leave so feds will get more aggressive but so far the only aggression has been a spotlight. pic.twitter.com/c0Ydi0pbCa— Cozca (@cozca503) January 31, 2021
An ICE employee in an office on the third floor is shining a insanely bright light out the window onto protesters. This is the only officer I have seen tonight. pic.twitter.com/ncL6q8atGi— Alix Powell (@thatpowellgirl) January 31, 2021
Although the footage is not included here, a neighborhood resident has been engaged in a verbal altercation with protesters while standing on their balcony. This is the verbal altercation referred to below:
In typical Portland fashion, a trashcan has been set on fire. The neighbor who is still actively involved in a verbal altercation with tentacle man is less than pleased. pic.twitter.com/XZloiwXrIp— Alix Powell (@thatpowellgirl) January 31, 2021
FLASH WARNING: The footage below contains a rapidly flashing light for the duration of the video.
The seemingly lone officer in the window of the ICE facility sets their flashlight to strobe at protesters.
Thought the light was related to a trash can fire set kiddy corner to the protest, but what’s this strobe setting about? pic.twitter.com/5C7MnSQ2Bu— Suzette Smith (@suzettesmith) January 31, 2021
Federal officers make a third announcement to protesters, but still no police force has appeared on the street.
The ICE facility has made a third announcement stating that the facility is closed. 11:40pm— Bethany Kerley (@BethanyKerleyOR) January 31, 2021
The previously sated crowd has now been re-invigorated by a seemingly unprompted federal protective service announcement. These officers are profoundly stupid for that. Two officers can be seen looking down from the window. There are still no officers behind the gate. pic.twitter.com/kKqmF4K9VT— Alix Powell (@thatpowellgirl) January 31, 2021
There appears to be movement behind the boarded-up door of the facility.
Following a brief war of the flashlights, an officer is stationed behind this door. The “murder hole“ on the right has moved a couple times, but not opened. You can see the line of shadow where the officer is standing in the crack between the hinges. I am on the sidewalk. pic.twitter.com/y9PQVMnopt— Alix Powell (@thatpowellgirl) January 31, 2021
The officer is still behind the door, and I cannot for the life of me understand why. The crowd has returned to calm, and I used the term “returned“ loosely, because the furthest they have strayed from calm was chanting with drums and using flashlights. pic.twitter.com/CbK922Vfnt— Alix Powell (@thatpowellgirl) January 31, 2021
With no interference from police, the demonstration ends by 12:30 am.
Zero arrests. The memorial that I photographed when I first arrived is still standing, and umbrella has been added to keep the bear dry. Protesters have agreed to disperse, good night, and stay safe. pic.twitter.com/Pt315QJr3F— Alix Powell (@thatpowellgirl) January 31, 2021
Crowd size dwindled to less than 20, with a large percentage of that being press. I’m calling it. Night everyone.— Suzette Smith (@suzettesmith) January 31, 2021
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