PORTLAND, Oregon - Witnesses and even national news media comment that declaring protesters rioters is untrue. In fact the scene in downtown Portland does not resemble anything near a riot.
It is true that protesters in North Portland set file to dumpsters on fire and that act apparently contributed to police declaring a riot. Demonstrators in downtown Portland pushed over police fences on the 52nd. This is the 52nd straight night of protests in the Portland.
An organized group calling themselves the PNW Youth Liberation Front, that seems to be leading demonstrations for the last two months, organized a protests demanding dissolution of the Portland Police Bureau.
Outside the North Precinct, the PNW organization sang "Quit your job." Most of the demonstrators left around 9:30 p.m. Police had just announced that demonstrators would be arrested if they remained in the area. The demonstrators then moved north on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to the Portland Police Association then began tipping over dumpsters to form a barricade.
Police arrived at the building around 10:45 p.m., demanding that demonstrators disperse or they were subject to arrest.
"Stop criminal acts now and move to the east," police said.
Two dumpsters were set on fire. Police then declared the event a riot at 10:45 p.m. and told demonstrators to leave the area or be subject to arrest. Police then charged protesters, knocking a few demonstrators to the ground and arresting one demonstrator. So much for a "riot".