Police forcefully cleared demonstrators from East Burnside Street after several of them set fires and damaged a sheriff’s office building.
Other advocates raised questions about how such an action benefits the Portlanders living in those tents.
Some activists on the ground said they were there to oppose a “return to normalcy,” which the dismantling of the courthouse fence represented.
“We literally boarded everything up in March. It’s been that way since March! It’s not ‘riots,’ it’s not ‘protests,’ it’s the fucking global pandemic.”
The Pearl District offered protesters new visibility from the windows of newly reopened restaurant dining rooms.
Over the past week, WW did what pundits won’t: We spent our days and nights in downtown Portland.