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Rioters vandalize Oregon Democratic headquarters, descend on Seattle

Andrew Trunsky, DCNF

Riots broke out in Seattle and Portland, Oregon on Wednesday night after demonstrators clashed with police and vandalized a Democratic Party office.

People dressed in all black shattered windows and the glass door to the Oregon Democratic Party’s office in Portland, according to The New York Times, vandalizing it with spray paint and posting a video to social media, saying that their actions were in response to the inauguration of President Joe Biden. In Seattle, police said that several buildings were vandalized.

“We don’t want Biden. We want revenge for police murders, imperialist wars, and fascist massacres,” a banner read.

Biden, who became the 46th president on Wednesday, has long denounced all the violence witnessed over the past year, from riots seen over the summer to the Capitol riot on Jan. 6. He campaigned on a message of unity, calling for Americans to end this “uncivil war” and urging Americans to come together for the good of the country.

Widespread protests were seen in cities across the country over the summer after the death of George Floyd, but in several cities including Portland, Seattle, Minneapolis and Kenosha, Wisconsin, what began as peaceful demonstrations escalated into violent riots.

Eight people were arrested in Portland and two were arrested in Seattle, police said. In Portland, a group of over 100 clashed with police before vandalizing the Democratic Party office.

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