Over the past year, political extremists have escalated their tactics without significant intervention from law enforcement. Last week’s attempt to subvert democracy was merely the latest in a string of increasingly brazen and dangerous assaults on government institutions. Some men from Oregon appear to have helped.
Far-right groups began to gather Wednesday morning for a rally at the Oregon Capitol in Salem to protest Congress’ certification of the presidential election, joining groups across the country in erroneously claiming fraud led to President Trump’s failure to win reelection.
Tear gas and less-lethal munition suppliers for the Portland Police Bureau received federal payroll protection loans, even as the city spent significant amounts this year on those companies’ products, according to a records analysis by OPB.
More than five months into a social justice uprising, activists in the city are divided as to whether they are still fighting in a racial justice movement centered on Black lives, or if an unfocused, anti-establishment fight against capitalism and state power has usurped the initial cause that brought thousands of Portlanders into the streets.