In Portland, Oregon, over two dozen members of the far-left domestic terrorist organization Antifa have been charged in the political violence that has ravaged the city for over a year, according to Fox News.
The announcement was made on Thursday by the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office, with charges against 10 rioters after several grand jury indictments. The charges stem from one particularly violent demonstration on November 8th, 2020, when windows were smashed by rioters at the headquarters of the Multnomah County Democratic Party.
In addition to the 10, six other rioters are facing felony charges through a separate indictment over violent riots on January 20th, 2021. On the same day as the inauguration, Antifa marched through the city with a banner declaring “We don’t want Biden. We want revenge.” After marching to the headquarters of the Democratic Party of Oregon, they lit a fire in the street and smashed the building’s windows. Some of the arrested rioters were found to have weapons on them, including knives, batons, and crowbars.
Antifa, along with Black Lives Matter, has been responsible for the vast majority of the violent race riots that broke out across the country last year, following the accidental fentanyl overdose death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis last May. Dozens of major cities were burned, with hundreds of businesses destroyed, thousands of injuries, over $2 billion in damage nationwide, and over two dozen people murdered by rioters.
Portland in particular has been one of the epicenters of the political violence, with Mayor Ted Wheeler (D-Ore.) being notoriously sympathetic to Antifa and refusing to charge them for the longest time. Chief among Antifa’s targets in Portland has been the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse, which has repeatedly been bombarded by Molotov cocktails and other weapons by rioters, while federal authorities constructed fencing around the federal building to protect it.