New riots in Portland in New Year as protestors throw firebombs at federal building
The New Year has come but the riots in Portland don’t go away. It was reported that the rioters again threw the firebombs at the federal building.
About 100 people targeted the federal courthouse on Thursday and Portland police declared riot. The rioter reportedly also smashed windows and set fires at the area.
"Participants have thrown multiple firebombs at officers and launched commercial grade fireworks at the Federal Courthouse and Justice Center," the Portland Police Bureau wrote on Twitter just as the new year arrived early Friday.
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.— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) January 1, 2021
Portland law enforcement had to use pepper gas and rubber bullets or pepper balls against the mob of protestors.
A string of messages included a warning to those congregating in the streets.
"If you do not leave you are subject to arrest, citation, and/or the use of force," the police wrote the warning on the congregating in the street, "including but not limited to impact weapons and tear gas,"
If you do not leave the area you are subject to citation and/or arrest. You are also subject to the use of tear gas, crowd control agents, and or impact munitions.— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) September 9, 2020
Some videos showing law enforcement advancing against the crowd were posted on social media.