'F*** Joe Biden': Portland Protesters Vandalize Democrat HQ After Inauguration

Around 150 antifa protesters vandalized the Oregon Democrats head office in Portland on Wednesday night before descending on an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility, hours after Joe Biden was sworn in as president.

Videos circulating on Twitter showed antifa protesters dressed in black marching down the streets playing drums and shouting "F*** Joe Biden". Another video shows Portland police calling unlawful assembly and shooting tear gas at protesters at close proximity.

The protesters marched to the Democratic party headquarters in southeast Portland before later moving on to the ICE facility. Activists sprayed graffiti on the ICE building, police said.

In a video statement on Wednesday night, Sergeant Kevin Allen said his team responded with tear gas after they were pelted with rocks and eggs and protesters began vandalizing the Democrat building.

He added that police issued multiple warnings over a loudspeaker to protesters who had gathered on the sidewalk.

Some demonstrators were carrying pepper ball guns, electronic control guns, shields and rocks, Allen said.

Earlier that day, police arrested eight people on suspicion of criminal mischief, possession of a destructive device, riot and reckless burning. The suspects were aged between 18 and 38.

In those arrests, officers seized batons, irritant spray, Molotov cocktails, knives and a crowbar.

"This gathering may impact traffic and access into the neighborhood. We will continue to closely monitor the event," Allen said.

"The City of Portland respects the rights of free speech and assembly; we monitor these events when we have a reason to think that criminal activity might take place. Without regard to political perspective to those in the gathering, we will continue to make arrests when probable crimes have been committed," he added.

Police also said a vehicle crashed near Northeast 6th Avenue and Northeast Fremont Street at about 5.17 p.m. on Wednesday. The protesters, who were close to Irving Park, descended on the crash, climbed on the vehicle, and appeared to begin trying to get people out of it before officers arrived. No one appeared to be injured from the crash.

Newsweek has contacted Portland Police for comment.

There has been mounting unrest in the city over the last few months. On January 7, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler was punched by anti-government protesters when he was out in the city having dinner. Wheeler has expressed a desire to enforce stricter penalties on repeat offenders who commit violent acts and vandalize property.

Last summer, riots hit the city for more than 100 nights in a row as Black Lives Matter protesters clashed with police over the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, by law enforcement in Minneapolis last May.

In August, a supporter of then-President Donald Trump was shot dead in Portland and five days later, police shot and killed an anti-fascist activist who was wanted for homicide.

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Portland Police and Oregon State Troopers disperse a crowd of black bloc protesters on November 4, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. Multiple protests, some peaceful and others violent, broke out in Portland on January 20, hours after Joe Biden was sworn in as President. Nathan Howard/Getty