Portland protest organizer decries vandalism
PORTLAND, Ore. — An organizer of Portland, Oregon’s anti-Donald Trump protest distanced himself from the demonstration that left downtown scrawled with graffiti and shattered glass.
Portland Resistance spokesman Gregory McKelvey says the activist group hoped to provide a constructive outlet for the shared fear, anger and frustration that followed Tuesday’s election. He says the vandalism late Thursday had nothing to do with his group.
Video shows it was largely committed by young men with masks partially covering their faces.
Police described them as anarchists who ignored the calls of peaceful protesters to stop destroying property. More than two dozen people were arrested.
McKelvey apologized to businesses that were damaged. He said the group planned to help clean up and raise money for repairs. A rally for healing has been scheduled for Friday afternoon.