Antifa protesters in Portland clashed with authorities Wednesday as they gathered to voice dissatisfaction with President Joe Biden, forcing officers to retreat and taking at least one police bicycle, authorities said.
A crowd of up to 150 people gathered at Revolution Hall around 2 p.m. local time and marched to the headquarters of the Democratic Party of Oregon, Portland police Sgt. Kevin Allen said. The so-called J20 protest was a demonstration against Biden and law enforcement.
- Police said individuals in Portland were seen carrying pepper ball guns, electronic control weapons (similar to stun guns) -- shields, fireworks, and rocks.
- The Portland Police Bureau said several events were planned in the city just hours after Biden was sworn in.
In total, 15 adults were arrested for crimes ranging from rioting and possession of a destructive device, reckless burning, and attempted assault of a public safety officer, according to authorities.
Police said they recovered some long poles and a large knife from people in the crowd. In Seattle, rioters caused damage to the city and at least two people were arrested.
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