Written by: Coin 6 News Staff and NextStar Media Wire
Posted: June 19, 2020 / 02:30 pm EDT / Updated: June 19, 2020 / 02:30 pm EDT
Portland, Ore. (Coin) – A statue of George Washington was blown up before a quiet evening of protests for ethnic justice and police reform in Portland ended. Juneteenth.
The death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police began on the occasion of the 21st day of protests in Portland on Thursday. Two groups, Rose City Justice and Lavender Caucus, held a rally at Jefferson High School in the evening where community members shared their experiences with racism to hundreds of people. The team did not make a walk.
A separate group of about 20 people met at around 10 a.m. on NE Sandy Boulevard and NE 57th Avenue at the site of a giant bronze statue in met George Washington. Some wrapped the statue’s head in the American flag and set the flag on fire. Their numbers increased until the next hour when enough people could pull the statue to the ground. They quickly scatter. A Queen Crew found the face of the statue below and covered in graffiti. Portland police arrived shortly afterwards.
Photo: 21st night of protests in Portland
Across the river, a small crowd of protesters stood outside the judge’s office. They left shortly afterwards and stopped near the Apple Store in southwest Portland, but were dispersed before midnight. Some said they wanted to rest before Friday, which is June.
At Thursday’s events Peaceful march on Wednesday A huge crowd of them crossed the streets of Portland in the suburbs and eventually ended up in the Pearl District where they tried to establish a so-called “autonomous region” outside Mayor Ted Wheeler’s home.