| The Daily Informer
Antifa terrorists tried to set fire to the federal building in Portland, Oregon in the hour after midnight local time. Federal law enforcement officers inside the building came out and extinguished the fire. The feds used tear gas and flashbang grenades to push the insurgents back.
The large gathering of insurgents at the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse at times used defensive and offensive militant tactics during the hours long siege Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, forming phalanxes, barricading doors and setting small fires to the building.
According to the New York Post, hundreds chanted “Black lives matter” and “Feds go home,” a team of protesters propped several wood beams and sand bags against a door to the Mark O. Hatfield Courthouse, according to tweets from Clypian, an online news outlet run by South Salem High School students.
Videos posted by the Clypian throughout the night show protesters yanking off plywood covering another entrance and the feds launching tear gas and pepper bombs at the crowds. At one point, someone tosses a firework at the officers, which explodes at their feet.
Another video showed the plywood facade of the courthouse — which has been routinely attacked as the feds stand guard inside — on fire, prompting a stream of officers to pour out.
Protests have been raging in Portland for more than 50 days — but tensions between demonstrators and police have escalated in recent days following President Trump’s deployment of federal officers to the city.
A total of 114 federal officers were sent to the West Coast city, including from the Federal Protective Service, Immigration Customs Enforcement, US Customs and Border Protection and the US Marshals Service, USA Today reported, citing documents filed on Tuesday.
Many officers are bearing Department of Homeland Security patches but no name tags.
Democrat mayors are calling for the troops to be withdrawn from cities where they’re currently in place and to stop plans to send them to other cities, saying the officers have used “significant force” in Portland, including snatching protesters off the streets.