PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Portland’s permitted May Day march took a violent turn after anarchists allegedly hijacked the event and began throwing items at police and vandalizing local businesses.
Officers arrested 22 adults and 3 juveniles after declaring the protest had turned into a riot. Police also pulled the event’s permit after the violence erupted.
The following people were arrested for second-degree disorderly conduct:
- Ayden Foster-Wysocki, 21
- Madhab Pulle, 18
- Tyler Hans Larsen, 37
- Luis Marquez, 44
- Grahme Meneses, 20
- Jace Anthony Willis, 22
- Brianna Borgen, 19
- Rachel Visco, 34
- Phoebe Loomis, 33
- Michell Korin Myers, 19
- Rylie Wolff, 22
- Lucy Elizabeth Smith, 35
- Glenn Allen Silbersdorff, 38
- Christopher Fellini, 28
- Ian Lawrence Henderson, 28
- Javier Ivan Reyes, 20
- Dan Edward Wright, 34
- and John Barton Elliott, 26
Corey Daniel Joe, 42, was arrested for second-degree disorderly conduct and assaulting an officer. Frank Martinez, 24, was arrested for second-degree disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Jeff Richard Singer, 29, and Taylor James Evans, 24, were arrested for second-degree disorderly conduct and interfering with a peace officer.
Participants in the Portland May Day event initially met at Shemanski Park around 3 p.m. and began marching about a half hour later. People chanted “hey hey, ho ho, deportations have got to go,” as they moved through downtown streets.
Although peaceful protesters stayed on the planned route at the beginning of the march, things quickly got out of hand when a group of people became violent.
A window in the Federal Building was broken as marchers passed by.
By 4:15 p.m., police warned families to leave the event due to acts of violence. Minutes later, police said the event’s permit had been canceled “due to numerous incidents of thrown projectiles, incendiary devices and other unsafe conditions.”
“Anyone remaining in streets may be subject to arrest,” police said.
Anarchists sparked a fire in the street near SW 3rd Avenue and Morrison Street. Shortly afterwards, a group of police in riot gear charged toward them and cleared the area. Another fire was reported near SW Broadway and Morrison Street.
Video captured people breaking windows and throwing flares into the downtown Portland Target store. Police said they also destroyed a police patrol car.
Arrests were made on SW 5th Avenue from Jefferson to Madison streets.
“I’m very proud of the professionalism of Portland Police officers, Portland Firefighters and the members of the other law enforcement agencies that worked to keep the peace in Downtown Portland under very difficult circumstances,” Police Chief Mike Marshman said in a press release. “Unfortunately the actions of the law breakers undermined and covered up the message of the law abiding individuals who worked to peacefully get their message heard on May Day.”
Before the violence began, Marco Mejia with Immigrants Rights Coalition told KOIN 6 News there were a few reasons people were planning to attend the rally.
“We want to keep building community and the second (reason) is we want to come up with our messages…and tell the world,” he said. Mejia added, “This (Trump) administration is really bad for everyone in the community.”
Another rally in Salem began at noon. This event, hosted by Causa Oregon and the Oregon School Employees Association, was held on the steps of the state capitol and included Gov. Kate Brown and Rep. Teresa Alonso Leon as speakers.
At least 2 banks along Portland’s Woodstock Boulevard, Chase Bank and Key Bank were vandalized at some point over the weekend when superglue was applied to ATMs. It is not completely clear if the vandalism was linked to May Day protests, although financial institutions have been May Day targets in the past.