Portland Protests

A Night of Aimlessness, Surrounded by Flames: Dispatch From Portland

An oddly enervated black bloc flows into Portland's neighborhoods

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"Is it a bunch of hooligans or decent people??? So sick of this sh*t I could scream!" 

One of my Twitter followers, who is apparently reluctant to tweet profanity, left this comment on a video of marchers I posted Monday night. I understand her frustration. It was the 82nd straight day of protests in Portland. The night before, a driver had been pulled from his truck and attacked by a mob of young people, one of whom was caught on video roundhouse kicking him in the head. The driver, who had done nothing to incite violence despite the crowd randomly shouting that he might have been there to run them down, was hospitalized. (He's since been released.) The assailant was identified but as of this writing had not been arrested. Two nights later, fires would be alight once again, this time in the lobby of a county social services building.

But on Monday, a seemingly fatigued black bloc showed a different face to Portland, further complicating an already frustrating search for good guys and bad guys in the mess. 

Meanwhile, the majority of Portlanders go about their lives, participating in none of what is seen on TV, except when it bleeds into their neighborhoods, which it increasingly does. The federal building is no longer under nightly attack and demonstrators—of the kind we do see on TV—are finding other targets, at the moment mostly buildings used by Portland police. The police are now the object of visible and nightly wrath, their stations and union halls trashed, broken into, set on fire. Usually this results in the police facing off with demonstrators, mostly the faction of antifa known as black bloc, who then spill into residential streets. Earlier this month, several dozen ran through a three-block business district, setting fire to newly installed tables and barriers. Their excuse was that the cops chased them away from the nearby police union they were ransacking. OK. But did they have to set the tables on fire?

On Friday, the night marchers were on the move through residential streets, which for the most part are single-family homes, and unlit by streetlamps. It's a surreal scene, hundreds of black-helmeted people funneling on to the narrow streets in the dark. Sometimes residents stand on their porches and watch. One couple and their three young children did so a few nights ago; the father applauded. This, right before the crowd started to chant, "LIAR LIAR GENTIFIER!" and "BLACK PEOPLE USED TO LIVE HERE!" I did not see how the couple, who were white, reacted, but I've spoken to many people who are afraid to appear in any way unsupportive of BLM, despite mission creep so severe that people, including local and state officials, equivocate about the setting on fires and seek near blanket exoneration for people bashing property of all kinds.

The good news is that some of the demonstrators are getting tired and bored. They're almost always young, and if they had school or work or life as they once knew it to go back to, they probably would. 

Instead, here they are on a Monday night, gathering in a park in Portland's Kenton neighborhood. The crowd of about 150 is almost entirely made of college-age kids in black militia chic. I am struck by how ungainly most of them look; how the uniform is what bequeaths a sense of stature, of belonging, of power. Individually they are frail, uncoordinated, splay-footed, or fat. They are not an elite fighting force, regardless of how they appear as they move monolithically into the streets. 

On the 82nd night of the demonstrations, the chants of "Stay together! Stay tight! We do this every night!" are low-energy. Once the crowd reaches its destination, the Portland Police Association (PPA), a squat building they've previously graffitied and set fire to, it does not seem to know what to do. There is no leader, no agenda. For 30 minutes, people loiter; they drink water; they check Instagram.

"Donut?" asks a young man, offering a boxful from Heavenly Donut across the street.

"A dumpster should appear any minute," says a reporter, in reference to what's become part of the ritual, the setting of dumpsters on fire. The closest dumpster, when I find it, has already been burned. Maybe the young dudes around the corner, the ones scaling the fence to the PPA's parking lot, are looking for something there to set on fire? But no, they're ripping plywood from the building's boarded-up windows. 

"Start a chant!" one guy says. 

Another guy runs toward the crowd. "Breonna! Taylor!" he shouts, the chant is taken up and covers the sound of a window being broken. A gangly young man sees me scribbling in my pad and approaches. I expect to be told to move. Black bloc policy is not to speak to or be observed by any media. 

"Press?" he asks.

"Yes," I tell him. I volunteer that I wouldn't want to live next door; that they must be putting up with a lot of noise every night.

"I wouldn't want to live within five blocks of any of the places," he says, meaning the spots he and his fellow black blockers descend on, the PPA, the North Precinct police station, the Justice Center downtown.

I ask him about what happened the night before, that guy being pulled out of the truck. Does black bloc have any feelings about that? 

"It's the 7-Eleven kids, the kids that hang out at the 7-Eleven," he says, noting that they're not affiliated with anyone. "The cops know they're there," he adds. "They've got them on video. They should have been there." 

Right, but the cops are chasing black bloc all over the city, I remind him. Which seems to give him pause.

"They should have been there," he repeats, showing something less than anarchistic purity.

Across the street, three locals watch what's happening behind the PPA. 

"Do you have phones?" a girl asks them. "You're not allowed to film."

"Who says I am not allowed to film?" a woman of about 50 years old responds. 

The girl, who is holding a steel baton, repeats, "You're not allowed the film." 

"What are you going to do? You are going to kill me?" asks the woman, taking a step toward the girl. "I live on this street. You are not going to tell me what to do."

The girl steps back. 

"You have nothing, and I am telling you, your parents did not raise you this way," the woman says, causing the girl to pivot away and look undone, her magic black uniform offering no strength on its own. But she does not run toward her group—not yet—she seems for a moment to absorb the middle ground she's in.

"They are children," the woman, whom I later learn is named Marta, tells me. "I know her parents and grandparents did not raise her to believe this. She is Latina, like me."

Earlier in the day, I'd seen a video from the protests on Saturday night, where cops moved through a shield line like a hot knife through butter, scattering black-clad figures. I'd watched those same people during their pre-protest "shield practice." They'd responded heartily in the affirmative when told, "If you feel like you can put a target on your back, get out there and do it. Hold that line."

There is some comfort in the lack of familiarity these young people exhibit with actual violence or even a little maternal discipline. The tricky part is that the image they are projecting, of people ready to burn down the world, will inevitably attract people with their own agenda, people who will start bigger trouble, or will come to oppose what they see as trouble.

Did I mention the Proud Boys are staging a rally in Portland on Saturday? 

The police finally appear tonight. They stretch out in several lines and say not one word. The demonstrators flow among them, shouting in their faces, squeezing piggy squeaker toys and telling the cops to quit their jobs, to kill themselves. The cops do not react; they stand there and let the jibes and provocation flow past them in turn. And then they go back to their vehicles. The demonstrators pursue, the cops toss one smoke bomb, the demonstrators run away. The end.

"Do you want to see better?" the gangly boy asks, offering to shine a flashlight over the fence so I can see the extent of tonight's destruction of the PPA: a broken window, a box of Christmas decorations, a cash box holding some old raffle tickets. 

"Watch your step," he says, and I climb down from the concrete rise I'm on. The kid is polite, he's maybe 20. He appears uninterested in what's happening at the end of the street: Demetria Hester, a figurehead of BLM, is thrusting her hips in the direction the cops have gone and chanting in her signature rasp, "FUCK the po-lice!" several hundred times. Three young women astride mimic her, with waning enthusiasm. 

By midnight, the crowd is again aimless. After listening to Letha Winston, whose son was shot and killed by police, tell them they're "a bunch of clowns" for attacking buildings, the demonstrators debate among themselves where to march and, failing to reach consensus, go their separate ways into the night.

On Tuesday they are back—or some faction is back anyway—setting fire to a building where, as a local politician notes in a statement, "the first same-sex marriage in Oregon took place, and where millions of pieces of personal protective equipment are being distributed to help our community battle COVID-19, was damaged." 

Not uncertain, but still oddly directionless, the black bloc marches blindly on. Maybe those heard chanting, "What did you see? Didn't see shit!" as the fire burns have not yet learned it's impossible to build with your eyes closed.

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  5. The driver, who had done nothing to incite violence despite the crowd randomly shouting that he might have been there to run them down, was hospitalized.

    He defended a trans woman from violence.

    1. It was the 82nd straight day of protests in Portland.

      When one can say with certainty it will end with violence, it isn’t a protest.

      1. Was the Boston Tea Party a protest?

        1. It was destruction of property, yes. I know you think you’re being clever but you aren’t.

        2. Let me return the sophistry..
          Was 9/11 a protest?

          1. Yes, it is well known that history is written by the winners.

            1. Thats your retort? Lol.

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        3. It was the beginning of democracy that involved everyone, at least every male citizen.
          I doubt you have ever had the significance of the Tea Party explained in terms of how it affected democracy and the founders concept of democracy……just some of the history not being taught in order to keep the young ignorant and manipulable.

    2. Two nights later, fires would be alight once again, this time in the lobby of a county social services building.

      Site of the first gay marriage. BLM seems to hate the letters people.

    3. if they had school or work or life as they once knew it to go back to, they probably would.

      I’m sure these losers were going places.

    4. Individually they are frail, uncoordinated, splay-footed, or fat. They are not an elite fighting force, regardless of how they appear as they move monolithically into the streets.

      Thumbs up.

    5. Another guy runs toward the crowd. “Breonna! Taylor!” he shouts, the chant is taken up and covers the sound of a window being broken

      Protesters and rioters, totally different sets of people.

    6. “Do you have phones?” a girl asks them. “You’re not allowed to film.”

      “Who says I am not allowed to film?” a woman of about 50 years old responds.

      The girl, who is holding a steel baton, repeats, “You’re not allowed the film.”

      Peaceful protesting.

  6. So they are ungainly but uniformed and mindlessly violent.

    Democrat party black shirts, SA, bolos, take your pick.

    Portland is different though. In residential areas in other parts of the country these bozos wouldn’t make it out alive.

    1. In residential areas in other parts of the country these bozos wouldn’t make it out alive.

      You’re right, and that’s why they don’t pull this stuff in those places. They tried it in Tulsa and rioters got hit with high bail and terrorism charges. I would say 25% to 50% of the homes in Texas if the mob comes through the door, several are going to die.

      1. After all the shit they’ve done in Portland and other parts of the country, they wouldn’t get to someone’s door in Texas (outside of Austin). The entire neighborhood would turn out with guns and pray these animals gave them a reason. Look at Ft. Collins, Colorado and Bethel, Ohio as examples, people aren’t gonna let them have the chance to riot.

  7. It’s interesting the state of fear you describe. People so terrified of social consequences they’ll let anything be burned down and anyone be hurt to avoid them. But what can I say, I have a life to lose too. I’ve vote against them, but speaking out in public is a good way to lose my job.

  8. “They’re almost always young, and if they had school or work or life as they once knew it to go back to, they probably would.”

    No doubt, racism, police brutality, and the lack of accountability are all serious problems, but discussing those problems within the context of arsonists, thugs, and looters does those real problems a disservice. If it weren’t for George Floyd or Breonna Taylor, these losers would be doing the same thing anyway. This is really about all those kids losing their jobs and the anxiety associated with the economy and the virus.

    It should be noted, too, that if the Democratic National Convention were physically happening in Milwaukee right now, the anti-fa groups would concentrate on rioting there. Joe Biden really dodged a political bullet. Instead of talking about who did or didn’t endorse him at the convention last night, we’d be talking about the rioters outside the convention hall and the police response. We’d be talking about whether Joe Biden supports defunding the police.

    Joe Biden is so glad we’re not having those conversations.

    1. Center-left Democrats almost universally support the protests because they think the protesters support them. They are wrong. When they finally figure that out they will turn on the protesters and we will get to see how totalitarian all lefties actually are. It is going to be a shit show even bigger than this.

      1. The fights outside the DNC would be even bigger today than they were in 1968–if they were having a physical convention.

    2. Where do you think these… people… should be employed?

      1. Bringing you frosty beers and hot wings on a Tuesday night.

        1. And that’s what they’d be doing, too.

          They’re service industry employees, baristas, they work in the back of the restaurant, they’re delivering pizzas, working retail, etc.

          And they’re out of a job and out of school.

          It’s like being on Spring Break for four months but without any pay.

          1. I wonder how many of them protested the lockdowns.

            1. This is precisely why every corporate news story reporting on the economics of the virus use the phrasing “due to COVID-19” instead of “due to the state’s lockdown policy in reaction to COVID-19”. It’s not for brevity, it’s to help politicians and the media skirt responsibility and keep the anger focused on an invisible enemy. If you’re under 55, your suffering due to the virus is 98% due to your state and federal government policies.

      2. Well, I have 100 acres that needs new fencing and divided into 5 seperate pastures. It doesn’t take much brains to use a T-post driver and string hot wire (I’ll be nice and just make them do two strands of barbed wire below the hot wire).

        1. Current temps are only in the low 100s right now, but it’s a dry heat. So they shouldn’t be to put out.

      3. Circuses always need clowns. Of course, being a clown actually takes a bit of work, including going to an actual clown college, so, they probably couldn’t even do that properly.

      4. License plates need stamping.

  9. Wow, on the scene reporting.
    Great to see this at Reason. Well done.

    1. This is the best straight up reporting I’ve seen at Reason in months, maybe years. Gives me a little bit of faith in a media-faithless time.

    2. Refreshing to see journalism worthy of the name (not a first from this journalist). Be safe, Nancy.

  10. These are people who don’t have to work, they don’t have school to go to, they have no personal responsibilities, and they’ve been told they won’t be prosecuted for any damage they cause. No obligations and no consequences.

    No wonder it’s fucking Lord of the Flies in that city.

    1. So a radical solution came to mind that I’d pose as a hypothetical: Forced adoption of dogs.

      Make every single one of these lazy fucks adopt a dog. Midsized, active dogs that need daily exercise. Force them to take responsibility for a dependent that needs to be fed twice every day, and should be walked for more than exercise. Dogs will love even these psychopaths. Dogs will wake them up earlier in the morning than they’re used to so they simply won’t be able to stay out all night being useless.

      1. If you could force them to adopt and care for a dog, they wouldn’t need being forced. What do you propose when they don’t care for the dog? How are you going to verify they do care for the dog? Why do you hate dogs on Woofday Wetnose Wednesday?

        1. another mouth piece of Big Dog, the most powerful industry in America

          1. pff big dog is really funded by the landscaping rock industry.

            consider i throw out a few stones every time i pickup the poop in the yard…they got a nice racket there

      2. I don’t think the dogs deserve that kind of treatment.

    2. It was cute when Fred told Carrie that Portland was the place young people go to retire. My how quickly that deteriorated.

  11. But on Monday, a seemingly fatigued black bloc showed a different face to Portland, further complicating an already frustrating search for good guys and bad guys in the mess.

    No search required.
    They are the bad guys.
    The politicians who refuse to do their job to provide a safe city are the bad guys.
    And, in a few weeks, the citizens who do not rise up and cripple this “movement” will become the bad guy.

    1. after 80+ days, I think those “in a few weeks” have come and gone

  12. The good news is that some of the demonstrators are getting tired and bored. They’re almost always young, and if they had school or work or life as they once knew it to go back to, they probably would.

    This is the key to it all, and it is entirely due to the damned lock downs. Everybody with half a brain knew the lock downs were incredibly misguided, incredibly stupid, incredibly wrong. You simply cannot expect anything good to come out of shutting down huge swaths of an economy, as if they were separate and unconnected. Trump’s tariff shutdowns are bad enough, but they pale in comparison to the damage done by these damn fool governors and mayors.

    Unfortunately, everyone pays the price for government misadventure. Few will recognize this being the result of a powerful government. The only lesson both sides will take home is “Trump!”.

    1. Trump’s tariff shutdowns are bad enough,

      Lol

      1. Yes, everyone knows you are economically ignorant, and proud of it.

        1. Please. Tell us how the economy was shutdown in January. Lol.

          “Chinese theft of American IP currently costs between $225 billion and $600 billion annually.”

          https://money.cnn.com/2018/03/23/technology/china-us-trump-tariffs-ip-theft/index.html

          My you seem awfully ignorant.

        2. https://www.carscoops.com/2020/08/steve-saleen-claims-chinese-joint-venture-has-stolen-his-intellectual-property/

          Oh you silly China. Nothing to see here according to ABC. Just the free exchange of idea. No costs to consumers. Nope.

          Lol. Man you’re ignorant.

          1. Costs, or rather lessened revenues, to producers. Not costs to consumers; in fact, quite the opposite.

            The IP theft is quite another matter, and something that should indeed be addressed. But the “market manipulation”? If China really wants to subsidize exports – even to below the cost of production – to provide us with cheaper goods at their expense, I for one am happy to take their money.

            Never give a sucker an even break.

        3. Adam Smith:

          “As there are two cases in which it will generally be advantageous to lay some burden upon foreign, for the encouragement of domestic industry; so there are two others in which it may sometimes be a matter of deliberation; in the one, how far it is proper to continue the free importation of certain foreign goods; and in the other, how far, or in what manner, it may be proper to restore that free importation after it has been for some time interrupted.”

          Hint: when a trade partner is acting in an antagonistic manner such as blatant theft and market manipulation it is prudent to act in retaliation in hopes of changing behavior. Game theory has been a part of modern economics since the 50s. Stop being ignorant with market 101 idealism. The world isn’t ideal dummy.

  13. Push for a law. Anything that people do to the protesters Wil not be punished. It seems turnabout would be fair play.

    1. I mean, the DA of Portland has said that assault will not be prosecuted. Hypothetically speaking, it would be ok then to find out where he lives and, uh, “peacefully protest” all over his face

      1. After the next election, where I have to assume this DA is on the chopping block, he should be personally be criminally prosecuted for every single assault and instance of property damage that occurred immediately following after he made that statement. If he said he wasn’t going to prosecute murder, can you imagine the population not holding him personally responsible for all of the deaths that follow?

        1. honestly, if i lived there I wouldn’t be waiting for the election. The mob sure as hell isn’t.

  14. the funniest result of this will come election night when Trump wins OR, nobody is watching for it, no one is expecting it and the intellectual dilettante Van Jones won’t be able to comprehend why

  15. Remember a while back when Media Matters ran the big Fox expose, explaining how Fox was running a big hoax about Antifa, inventing their presence out of whole cloth?

    1. But it’s really White supremacists causing all the trouble. Don’t you read the Washington Post?

      1. What trouble? Just a summer of peaceful protests.

  16. The Guardian had an article recently, the gist of which was all charges against protesters are inherently invented or inflated, designed to stop their movement, and unjust. They described the people who threw the paint on the building in Utah and are looking at life in prison on terrorism charges.
    They took one of the outlier cases and tried to generalize. The odd part is, it read like even the writers didn’t quite buy it.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/16/felony-charges-blm-protesters-suppression-tactic

    1. I mean, considering that the people who threw paint were part of a group that also shot someone in Provost, and have been shooting/assaulting other people throughout the country, I have no issue with the gang charges. They wanna be “cool” and “edgy” and be part of what is essentially a criminal gang, they get to play by gang legal rules.

      1. Why should “gang legal rules” exist in a country whose Constitution guarantees freedom of association?

        I don’t like antifa any more than the next guy, but we probably should not cheer unjust laws being used against them.

  17. I appreciate Rommelmann so much. Her sketch of the woman facing down the girl with the baton is great.

    Frail, splay-footed fat people may have less to lose and invest more in protest movements that give them a home. Don’t underestimate the potential for psycho-ness. I was thinking of the classic film Tenacious D.

  18. This is one of the better articles I’ve read on these mindless breakers of things.

  19. I was miffed when awkward, splay-footed, fatties took me out of the downtown PDX scene. I had been there for 120 years, representing elk supremacy, apparently.

    1. the spay-footed fatties took down an even-toed ungulate ?

      1. *splay-footed, god damn it

        1. “Help control the protester population, have your teenage fatties spayed and neutered.”

  20. Kids are despondent and aimless because we’re in late stage capitalism and we’ve solved all the big problems, and the only problems left are either insoluble (cancer, aging) or self-imposed (climate change, football head injuries). So they are scared of the future and want to turn everything upside down (to create new problems to profit from). However the solution isn’t anarchy or socialism, but instead for billionaires to establish low-cost, low-carbon resort colonies so people can retire and leave jobs for others to work and support themselves and thereby obviate both big government and charity. In return the residents follow strict rules of behavior and vote for low-tax conservatives. Let the robots take over the heavy lifting and plant a trillion trees to offset greenhouse gas emission. This is the path to paradise as the good lord promised us.

    1. The solution is to enforce the damn law, i.e. to arrest people who destroy property, try them, and put them in prison.

      Boredom is not a reason to riot. And it isn’t/shouldn’t be society’s responsibility to provide you with entertainment; the private sector already does a good job of that.

    2. The Dude abides… but does not go far enough. Declare Antifa and BLM domestic terrorist organizations and ship their members off to Guantanamo. That will stop the riots overnight.

      It’s hard to know where to start with all the things wrong with what Dajjal wrote.

      Maybe the problems of crony government and the cancer that is Marxism belong in the “insoluble” column but, they’re still big problems that cause a lot of people a lot of pain.

      Maybe climate change madness and Trump derangement syndrome belong in the same category as football head injuries, although I think they’re more like drug-induced psychosis – caused by drinking way too much kool-aid.

      But, expecting billionaires to stop being greedy is a fool’s errand. They aren’t working jobs that can be left to others (unless you count family members), they don’t “retire” in the same way plebs do, they like big government because it works for them and charity is great way to avoid paying taxes. Finally, what good is being a billionaire if you have to abide by strict rules of behavior, especially rules written by someone who is a lot poorer than you are?

      Also, robots are taking over in many places and we don’t need to plant more trees when the carbon dioxide we’re emitting is making the ones that already exist grow faster while using less water.

      Remember, the word Utopia means “no place on Earth” and paradise is pretty much the same.

  21. Well, that’s what you get for allowing soft-on-crime (rioting included) Democrats to run your city: You get criminals running roughshod over it. And since, chances are, Portlanders will keep voting these same people over and over, then they’re just getting what’s coming.

    “What, a libertarian complaining about ‘soft on crime’?!” Yes, that’s one of the few issues I side with conservatives on. I’m all for reducing the number of laws and regulation, scrapping much of the victimless crimes off the books. But when it comes to real crimes (property damage, murder, theft, etc.), not only do I have little patience for cries of police brutality, but more often wish for a tougher response. That’s why I was very pleased with the Feds protecting federal property, as they should.

    “Non-aggression principle” doesn’t mean aggression also gets a pass, or a tap on the wrist. Otherwise, you’re just left with “non principle”, and with these punks running around destroying and impoverishing their cities.

    So, enjoy, Portlanders. You voted for it, and in case you decide you need some police action to protect property and lock up property destroyers, you have Zuri Davis and Shikha Dalmia to stick up for the latters and explain to you how wrong it is to use force in order to enforce the law.

  22. Given the demographics of Seattle and Portland, the passion of the populace for social justice, and the attitudes of the majorities there, I think this could be a solution to the political problem of affordable housing for poor black Americans. And it would please EVERYONE.
    A future Trump or Biden administration should look into relocating willing participants to those cities because there would be no racist opposition at all.

    1. I live in a boho neighborhood a bit like Portland and one thing I can tell you is that white proggies do NOT want their little ones mingling with Black kids. They want to be able to say they live in a diverse neighborhood but don’t actually want them as their neighbors

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  24. Can I say, good job on Reason for making this series? Putting someone on the ground that’s not glossing over people getting hurt, ups this magazines reputation as willing to speak truth to power.

  25. “Their excuse was that the cops chased them away from the nearby police union they were ransacking. OK.”

    OK? OK? FREAKING OK?

    No, not “OK”. Not remotely OK. The diametrical, Platonic opposite of “OK”.

    You’ve already become jaded about criminal violence, you’re losing your perspective.

    1. IDK, I’d have a lot more respect for Antifa/BLM and their movement if they were *just* ransacking police union halls. Especially if they weren’t hurting anyone by doing it.

      Even as a libertarian I have to scratch my head a bit before answering the question “Are police union halls public or private property?” and maybe spit and toss some salt over my shoulder before giving an answer I’d be comfortable with (as a libertarian).

      1. The relevant question, though, isn’t public or private. It’s “their’s” or “not their’s”.

        1. If public, kinda theirs.

        2. If private but paid for with public funds, kinda theirs but and paid for with ill-gotten gains.

          1. “Not their’s” in the same way that public housing is “not ours,” but the taxpayers fund this stuff, either directly or indirectly, so I’m gonna say police union HQs is “ours.” Kinda. And shouldn’t exist to begin with.

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  27. So much normalization of pointless nihilism.

    So much peace in these mean streets.

    Kids. Whaddya gonna do, right?

  28. So what I get from this is that these people are just as stupid and pathetic as I thought.

  29. mostly the faction of antifa known as black bloc

    How does an organiztion with no leadership, no centralized or internal structure, and wich doesn’t exist have factions?

    1. The White Knight will be along shortly to explain that none of these people are actually BLM and you can’t prove they are.

  30. The Portland 1492 Rape Mob screams, “¡Seize the Niña!”

  31. “Further complicating a search for good guys and bad guys in all this mess”

    Oh, Nancy, it isn’t complicated. At all. At least not the Bad Guys part

  32. A demonstration is a display, and people are displaying their perpetual display of angst wantonly, because they can do so anonymously. Which makes this a social event and the demonstrators are answering the Call of the Wild.

  33. This continues in Portland because the city “leaders” tolerated behavior that went beyond simple protesting, then let it grow out of control.

  34. Life without the 2nd Amendment.

  35. Thanks for an excellent even-handed report. I was part of a “gang” like these punks when I was young. We weren’t as stupid as these youngsters seem to be and we were much poorer. We were also more freedom loving. I worry this group might not do so well when they have to fight the Chinese communists in the next few years. I’m guessing the cops refer to them as young pussies. I suspect Cardi B wouldn’t look to them to serve her WAP.

  36. Very good story, Nancy Rommelmann. Been awhile since I’ve since boots on the ground reporting like this. Thank you.

  37. Democrats and Biden supporters. The indoctrinated youth of the left. Noodle armed boys and hefty girls dumber then rocks and no real education aimlessly wandering through the streets like bots waiting for instructions. One day they will antagonize the wrong person and it will end badly.

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