SEATTLE – Protesters in Portland, Oregon swept through town on Sunday night, overturning statues of Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt and damaging the entrance to the Oregon Historical Society during a demonstration against colonization and treatment of Indians.
Protests across the country that year were mainly directed against statues with slave owners and symbols of the Confederation. However, protesters in Portland focused on the statues of former presidents from the 1920s as part of a protest dubbed “Indigenous Peoples Day”.
President Trump grabbed the overthrow of the statues Monday morning, citing the destruction as a reason to vote for him next month. “The fools of the radical left in Portland don̵
Lincoln has long been hailed as the president who ended slavery in the United States, but protesters sprayed the base of his statute in Portland with “Dakota 38” – a reference to the largest mass execution in US history, the 38th Dakota – Indians were sent to the gallows in 1862 for accused of killing settlers in raids.
Lincoln had signed the execution warrant. He had also expressed concern about the rapid pace and lack of evidence presented in military courts leading up to the death sentences. he converted the sentences of 265 others who had been tried.
On Sunday evening, journalists in Portland reported that other locations, including the Oregon Historical Society and several companies, had broken windows and sprayed graffiti. Portland Police later declared the gathering a riot and dispersed the crowd, arresting three people.
Mr Trump, who wants to campaign for law and order to be re-elected, has repeatedly referred to riots in Portland. On Monday he sent a series of tweets about the Portland statues, calling the protesters “animals” and urging the FBI to contain them.
“Portland, call the Fed!” Mr. Trump tweeted.
The use of federal agents to crack down on protesters in Portland drew thousands of demonstrators to the streets earlier this year for night-time clashes in federal court. This came after Mr Trump ordered federal agencies to deploy additional personnel to protect statues, monuments, and federal properties. After state and federal officials agreed to withdraw federal agents, the protests have declined in size.
About 200 people attended the gathering on Sunday.