Portland Protesters Chant 'I Don't See No Riot Here' in Tense Police Stand-off

Protesters in Portland, Oregon, have staged a demonstration outside a police station during a stand-off lasting several hours.

As part of the continuous days of demonstrations in the city, hundreds of protesters gathered outside the East Burnside precinct Thursday into the early hours of Friday morning.

In one footage posted onto social media, protesters can be heard chatting "quit your jobs" at a line of officers outside the station.

Another video shows dozens of demonstrations chanting "I don't see no riot here, take off your riot gear."

The chants arrived after Portland police declared that a riot was taking place and urged people to go home during a night of unrest earlier this week. The protests saw several arrests and paint, large ball bearings, and glass bottles thrown at police and a medical personal shot at with a slingshot.

“I don’t see no riot here, take off your riot gear.” pic.twitter.com/w5IYLy8FJu

— Danny Peterson (@DannyJPeterson) July 17, 2020

The stand-off outside the East Burnside precinct was still going on in the early hours of Friday. A livestream uploaded by Portland Police to social media shows several people standing with reflective signs and shining lights at officers while they stand close by in full riot gear.

In a series of tweets, Portland police warned people against shining lights in the officer's eyes while claiming they heard chants from protesters threatening to burn down the station.

Police earlier said they have "no intent to engage the crowd" outside the station and urged them to stay peaceful.

"We have heard chants stating the crowd around Southeast Precinct wants to enter the property and burn down the precinct," police tweeted. "You are subject to arrest and use of force including crowd control munitions if you enter the property."

It is unclear if any arrests occurred at the stand-off. Portland Police have been contacted for comment.

The constant protests in the wake of the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd in the Oregon city have caused tension between the Trump administration and Portland officials.

Earlier this week, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf issued a statement saying that Portland has been "under siege for 47 straight days" while criticizing the local leaders for failing to stop the "lawless anarchists" in the city.

"This siege can end if state and local officials decide to take appropriate action instead of refusing to enforce the law. DHS will not abdicate its solemn duty to protect federal facilities and those within them," Wolf said. "Again, I reiterate the Department's offer to assist local and state leaders to bring an end to the violence perpetuated by anarchists."

Wolf is reported to have arrived in Portland on Thursday to meet with federal agents who have been sent to the city to help quell the disorder, a move which was met with dismay by Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler.

"We're aware that they're here. We wish they weren't. We haven't been invited to meet with them, and if we were we would decline," Wheeler said in a statement.

"I told the Acting Secretary that my biggest immediate concern is the violence federal officers brought to our streets in recent days, and the life-threatening tactics his agents use. We do not need or want their help.

"The best thing they can do is stay inside their building, or leave Portland altogether. Our goal is to end these violent demonstrations quickly and safely," he added.

Brown also accused President Donald Trump of engaging in "political theater" and a "blatant abuse of power" by sending in federal agents to Portland.

"I told Acting Secretary Wolf that the federal government should remove all federal officers from our streets. His response showed me he is on a mission to provoke confrontation for political purposes," Brown said. "He is putting both Oregonians and local law enforcement officers in harm's way.

"This, coming from the same President who used tear gas to clear out peaceful protesters in Washington, DC to engineer a photo opportunity. Trump is looking for a confrontation in Oregon in the hopes of winning political points in Ohio or Iowa."

Police in riot gear with batons stand their ground near the Occupy Portland encampment November 13, 2011 in Portland, Oregon. Natalie Behring/Getty