The rioters who have besieged the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse in Portland, Ore., for weeks are ramping up their attacks against the vastly outnumbered federal agents assigned to protect the enclave of the Judicial Branch from being overrun and destroyed.
In recent days, federal officials have discovered ‘caches’ of weapons including loaded ammunition magazines and Molotov cocktails that the ‘peaceful protesters’ of Antifa and Black Lives Matter have stockpiled for use against the federal enclave.
Last weekend, the violence became more intense, as rioters hurled explosives laden with nails and the fiery bottles of fuel at the courthouse — and the federal agents charged with defending it.
BREAKING: rioters throw what appeared to be a Molotov cocktail at federal agents dispersing crowds pic.twitter.com/67hJvnYEB5
— ELIJAH RIOT (@ElijahSchaffer) July 27, 2020
Portland Police did not assist federal law enforcement in dispersing the crowds and did not make any arrests late Sunday or early Monday morning.
The violence coincided with police recovering a bag filled with loaded rifle magazines and Molotov cocktails near Lownsdale Square Park. Portland Police provided a picture of the discovery on social media.
Tonight Portland Police were near Lownsdale Square Park. A person pointed out a bag to them. Inside the bag Police found loaded rifle magazines and Molotov cocktails pic.twitter.com/ytpu9pZjqG
— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) July 27, 2020
It’s not clear who placed the cache or who is responsible for assembling the weaponry, but clearly the find represents a substantial escalation of the violence which has rocked a portion of the Rose City for more than two months.
The Portland Police Bureau said that “the origin of this ammunition and these destructive devices is under investigation,” but as of this writing, there are no additional details. (Related: Portland rioters ARMED with “knives, rifles and explosives” – Attorney General Barr.)
Meanwhile, Anarchy Democrats continue to deny that there’s anything going on in Portland, or a dozen other cities were federal agents and local police are under attack nightly.
Like House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler.
I ran into Jerry Nadler in DC and asked him to disavow the Antifa violence/rioting in Portland.
“THATS A MYTH” pic.twitter.com/veImyE2rju
— Essential Fleccas 🇺🇸 (@fleccas) July 27, 2020
In a separate report, Breitbart Texas noted that investigators discovered that domestic terrorists placed nails in commercial-grade fireworks used against the Atlanta Field Office for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement service:
Breitbart Texas reviewed an FBI “activity alert” regarding the use of modified fireworks during the demonstrations in Atlanta, which began on July 25. The alert states that approximately 100 to 200 people dressed in dark clothing, backpacks, goggles, and helmets approached the ICE office in Atlanta. The subjects reportedly carried shields, bats, and large sticks.
After the attack on the federal office, “bomb technicians discovered commercial grade fireworks with nails embedded in the mortar shell,” the FBI document said, according to Breitbart.
“This kind of device is clearly designed to maim or injure anyone who might be close when it goes off,” one federal official not authorized to discuss the finding publicly told the news outlet.
Video of the attack also shows rioters using green lasers which are designed to blind federal officers.
DHS/ICE Field Office ransacked by frontliners in Atlanta in solidarity with the freedom fighters of the #PortlandProtests and every other suffering poor person trying to build a new world.#PortlandSolidarity #GeorgeFloyd #RayshardBrooks #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/kl7t3hiEKA
— Acid Vitalist League (@AcidVitalism) July 26, 2020
On Wednesday, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown claimed that she had made a deal with Vice President Mike Pence and other Trump administration officials to have federal officers at the Hatfield Courthouse withdrawn and replaced by state troopers.
“After my discussions with VP Pence and others, the federal government has agreed to withdraw federal officers from Portland. They have acted as an occupying force & brought violence,” she tweeted. “Starting tomorrow, all Customs and Border Protection & ICE officers will leave downtown Portland…Our local Oregon State Police officers will be downtown to protect Oregonians’ right to free speech and keep the peace. Let’s center the Black Lives Matter movement’s demands for racial justice and police accountability. It’s time for bold action to reform police practices.”
Our local Oregon State Police officers will be downtown to protect Oregonians’ right to free speech and keep the peace. Let’s center the Black Lives Matter movement’s demands for racial justice and police accountability. It’s time for bold action to reform police practices.
— Governor Kate Brown (@OregonGovBrown) July 29, 2020
But that’s not true. Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf clarified that federal officers weren’t budging until Oregon and Portland officials stopped the nightly attacks.
“As I told the Governor yesterday, federal law enforcement will remain in Portland until the violent activity toward our federal facilities ends. We are not removing any law enforcement while our facilities and law enforcement remain under attack,” Wolf said.
As I told the Governor yesterday, federal law enforcement will remain in Portland until the violent activity toward our federal facilities ends. We are not removing any law enforcement while our facilities and law enforcement remain under attack.
— Acting Secretary Chad Wolf (@DHS_Wolf) July 29, 2020