The Washington Post published a glowing photoshoot of Portland Antifa activists on Saturday in an attempt to explain their motivations for continuing to protest and riot in the aftermath of George Floyd's death.
The story, headlined "Trump sent agents to quell unrest. But protest is what Portland does best.," does not include "riot" once and frames all the actions taken against the Hatfield Federal Courthouse as a protest:
"In this waterfront city, protests are as natural as the salmon swimming in the Willamette River. The unrelenting demonstrations have yielded real results: City officials have agreed to slash the police budget. An initiative to create an oversight board to review police use of force will be put on the ballot this year. And more than 100 federal agents sent by President Trump to fortify the federal courthouse have retreated, turning over the task to state police.
"Still, the protests continue. Demonstrators say they’re not finished. Getting the feds out was just one item on a lengthy to-do list."
The story reports how President Trump, "didn’t account for the stamina and creativity of Portland protesters."
Trump calls them terrorists, anarchists who “hate our country.” He’s said the city is “worse than Afghanistan.”— Marissa J. Lang (@Marissa_Jae) August 9, 2020
But they wear GOP insults as badges of honor in this city. Teachers, moms and elected leaders say sure, they’re antifa. Welcome to #Portland ???? https://t.co/cKOZqCicbF
As Portland experiences more than 70 days of violent protests, riots, arson attacks, soaring homicides & shootings, @washingtonpost actually published a glowing photo essay on #antifa riot fashion. What is wrong w/reporter @Marissa_Jae & the editors there? https://t.co/uiqmwXT9cY pic.twitter.com/lJhrPW6avC— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 10, 2020
On Saturday night, the night Post published their story, the Portland Police Bureau had to declare an unlawful assembly after rioters fought with officers and started a fire in the Portland Police Association (PPA) Office. This came after the Police Bureau had to declare riots and unlawful assemblies all week. Nine people were arrested.
Some officers advance close to the crowd, attempting to take down the shield wall. #blacklivesmatter #protest #pdx #Portland #Oregon #BLM #acab #PortlandProtests #PDXprotests #PortlandStrong #portlandpolice pic.twitter.com/Y4VNuCbiwb— Garrison Davis (Teargas Proof) (@hungrybowtie) August 8, 2020
Sunday night was no different as rioters set barricades on fire in an attempt to stop police from advancing.
More than 400 black-clad insurgents have taken over North Portland. They’re blocking streets and setting local businesses on fire. The @PortlandPolice declared a riot. #portlandriots pic.twitter.com/bLiWwWQRvQ— @amuse (@amuse) August 9, 2020