CNN reports that statues of Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt were yanked down by protesters in Portland, Oregon.
During a protest that has been deemed as “Indigenous Peoples Day of Rage,” demonstrators reportedly vandalized some businesses.
In addition to the damage done to the statues, the group allegedly attempted to burn down the Oregon Historical Society building.
One flyer allegedly instructed people to “wear black, cover up” and said photography, videotaping and streamers were not allowed.
“We envision this Day of Rage to be decentralized, filled with creative direct action (both above ground and below ground), daring, and with extraordinary diversity of tactics,” the groups says in a post on its website.
Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell said the group put chains around a statue of Teddy Roosevelt and pulled it down, using a vehicle.
As CNN reports, “Lovell said two shots were fired through a restaurant window, lodging in the back of the restaurant. Windows were also broken at several other restaurants, a jewelry store, a bank, and a coffee shop.”
“These events late at night, they purport to have a racial justice nexus,” Lovell said. “But they’re not that. They’re about violence and criminal destruction. They’re really hurting our community and we all deserve better.”
Three arrests have been made so far, including a person armed with a loaded pistol who broke numerous windows, and the driver involved in pulling down the Roosevelt statue, according to Lovell.
Portland Police Sgt. Kevin Allen said police declared the protest a riot. Portland has had regular protests against police brutality and racial injustice since Minneapolis police killed George Floyd in May.
In addition to being pulled down, the Lincoln statue had “Dakota 38” spray painted on its base, photos show.
CNN has reached out to the apparent organizers in Portland for comment but has not yet received a response.
The original idea of the protest appears to have been started by an organization called Indigenous Action.
Lovell said protesters broke several windows of the Historical Society pavilion, tossing at least three lit flares inside. The flares extinguished themselves and did not do any serious damage.