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Leftists riot in the Pacific Northwest

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 1/21/21, 04:04 pm

While the U.S. Capitol made it through the inauguration without violence or unrest, demonstrators turned out in Portland, Ore., to protest President Joe Biden for not being liberal enough. A group of about 150 protesters clashed with officers and damaged the headquarters of the Democratic Party of Oregon on Wednesday, police said.

What’s their beef with Biden? Far-left groups in the city see Biden as too moderate on immigration and police reform. Some demonstrators carried a sign that said “We don’t want Biden, we want revenge!” Others spray painted the antifa symbol on the Democratic Party building. The city was the site of 100 straight days of anti-police and anti-government protests over the summer. Mayor Ted Wheeler has called for violent rioters to face more severe punishment. A riot also broke out in Seattle on Inauguration Day. Police said someone broke windows at the federal court house, and officers arrested three people. Some set fire to an American flag outside the federal immigration court.

Dig deeper: See WORLD’s photo review of 2020 protests throughout the United States, including in Portland.


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Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

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  • TIM MILLER
    Posted: Thu, 01/21/2021 04:43 pm

    World is clearly biased and only reporting on left-wing violence. Where's the reporting about the right-wing extremism?!?! 

    You can't even tell from this article that right-wing extremists stormed the capitol a week ago! 
     

    *** Just kidding. Thank you for the balance in reporting. ***

    And I'm praying that the peace of God would rule in my life...and asking Him for peace in our country as well. 

  • not silent
    Posted: Fri, 01/22/2021 09:23 am

    I've seen little if any mention of this in other media, so I also thank World for providing balance. I join TIM MILLER in praying for peace in my own life and for peace in our nation, and I pray for God to show us all how to live in these times.

  • TIM MILLER
    Posted: Fri, 01/22/2021 12:54 pm

    One of these days I'll figure out how to edit my profile so my name isn't in all caps:)

  • Nanamiro
    Posted: Fri, 01/22/2021 06:31 pm

    That was funny! Yes, I live in the Portland area.  When I read/listen to main-stream reporting it feels like the last 7+ months of violent protests in Portland never happened, and that the Capitol Hill catastrophe was the first violent protests we've seen in a lifetime!

  • RC
    Posted: Fri, 01/22/2021 12:45 pm

    The Portland Mayor is finally waking up to the fact violent destructive rioters are not representative of any legitimate cause. The fact that the rioters had a sign that said, “We don’t want Biden, we want revenge”, is at least an honest statement to their hopeless condition.      

  • Big Jim
    Posted: Fri, 01/22/2021 04:27 pm

    So despite the dire predictions of unrest and violence by right wing groups at all 50 state capitols and the US Capitol, it turns out that the violence was ... from the left. Maybe they should send in the National Guard. If it's good enough for DC, it should be good enough for Portland/Seattle.

  • My Two Cents
    Posted: Fri, 01/22/2021 04:40 pm

    Well, this takes the cake. Imagine what their ideal liberal candidate would look like. Rather than letting babies born alive die, which were intended for abortion, these "liberal" left leaners would probably approve of wholesale slaughter of born, "wanted babies." On immigration? What? Abolish citizenship? We are the world. 

    They want revenge against the party that touts socialist, communist and progressive policies. It is beyond my imagination that there is someone out there more "liberal" than any of the democrat leaders currently holding office. 

     

  • Nanamiro
    Posted: Fri, 01/22/2021 06:26 pm

    It's strange how these groups seem to hate America, see it as systemically racist and hostile to non-whites, yet want non-whites to immigrate here. Why would you want that? I would think they would be crying out to these people, "Go back home! You can't make it here because of your ethnicity or skin color! Beware! You're not safe here!" It's a bizarre contradiction.

  • TIM MILLER
    Posted: Mon, 01/25/2021 04:36 pm

    Yes, you're right. There are many protesters (on left & right) who are asking America, like Martin Luther King, Jr., said, to live up to its ideals, to cash the "promissorry note" in the Declaration of Independence. We may have honest disagreement about the extent of racial injustice or election integrity, but at the end of the day, we're united in commitment to the ideals of America -- we both want liberty and justice for all.

    But the group that you describe, who just want to burn it all down and start from the ground up ... they scare me.

    America is still a shining city on a hill. People want in -- not for an easy life. I've known people from India, Senegal, other places, who could have had a far easier life for themselves by staying where they were. They came to America for freedom, for opportunity, and for the chance to leave a legacy for the next generation. And, by and large, they succeed.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Fri, 01/22/2021 10:54 pm

    I wish we could trade those rioters for hopeful hard-working, eager, ambitious immigrants from ANYWHERE!  

  • TIM MILLER
    Posted: Mon, 01/25/2021 04:18 pm

    Agreed.

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