Portland riots usher in the New Year with firebombs and damage to local businesses

Molotov cocktails have been used against police in Portland on numerous occasions - REUTERS/Mathieu Lewis-Rolland

Downtown Portland was engulfed in violent riots on New Year’s Eve, marking another night of turmoil for the West Coast city. Between 80-100 protestors clashed with the police.

It became immediately clear to the Portland Police that the group did not have peaceful intentions and instead sought violence. At 11:37 p.m. Portland Police sent out a tweet warning residents, saying:

“A gathering in downtown Portland has devolved into a riot. Participants have thrown multiple firebombs at officers and launched commercial-grade fireworks at the Federal Courthouse and Justice Center.”

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Andy Ngo, a reporter who has covered Antifa extensively over the years, tweeted video footage of the violent acts that occurred on New Year’s Eve. The video shows protestors throwing fireworks and large objects at police in riot gear – a common tactic utilized by the activists.

It is worth noting that the Federal Courthouse and Justice Center in Portland has been the target of continuous attacks on the part of radical local activists demanding “social justice” for inequities in policing.