Nearly 100 Antifa protestors set fire to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) headquarters in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday while people were still inside the building.
Protestors first marked the location with vulgar graffiti and the claim, “This is indigenous land.” Some members of the group then started a fire, with protestors chanting, “Every city, every town, burn the precinct to the ground.”
Andy Ngo, editor at large at The Post Millennial, noted an antifa agitator gave the Black Lives Matter fist salute while the crowd cheered at the ICE building catching fire. “Officers were trapped inside when antifa set the building on fire,” he claimed.
“Every city, every town, burn the precinct to the ground”
An #antifa gives the #BLM fist salute while the crowd cheers on the burning of the @ICEgov Portland facility last night. Officers were trapped inside when antifa set the building on fire. pic.twitter.com/VYgRlvMUTo
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) April 11, 2021
The fire was eventually put out while police remained on high alert around the building. “The fire has been out for awhile now, a large hole into the lobby remains. DHS officers watch from the roof,” Landis reported.
Last summer, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler (D) declared that violence of this type amounts to attempted murder, saying at the time:
When you commit arson with an accelerant, in an attempt to burn down a building that is occupied by people that you have intentionally trapped inside, you are not demonstrating. You are attempting to commit murder.
Wheeler has yet to condemn the attack. The Portland Police Bureau did not mention Saturday’s violence and no arrests have been reported.
Protests and riots have occurred repeatedly in Portland in recent months. In March, violence took place at the U.S. Courthouse in Portland, which was also set ablaze.