/Protesters in NE Portland break windows at Whole Foods, other businesses – OregonLive

Protesters in NE Portland break windows at Whole Foods, other businesses – OregonLive

A group of demonstrators broke the windows of several Northeast Portland businesses on Friday night.

A flyer circulated earlier in the day invited protesters to meet at Frazer Park in Northeast Portland. The park is about a mile from the Sandy Boulevard Whole Foods. It’s not clear if the same group broke the windows. Police did not immediately make any arrests.

In addition to the damage at Whole Foods, protesters broke windows at a nearby Chase Bank and a OneMain Financial.

The group also spray-painted several names and messages on the windows and buildings, including the words “Black trans lives matter” and the name of Tete Gulley, a Black trans woman. Friday was Transgender Day of Remembrance, which honors and memorializes trans people who were killed or who have died by suicide. Gulley was found dead in Rocky Butte Park last year. Police initially ruled her death a suicide, but later opened an investigation following multiple requests from her family, who don’t believe she committed suicide.

Another group of protesters had gathered in Downtown Portland, shortly before the destruction in Northeast Portland. They marched to the Consulate General of Mexico on Southwest 12th Avenue and Jefferson Street and spray-painted on the building’s windows.

Police arrived at the scene after most protesters had left, and did not arrest anyone.

-The Oregonian/OregonLive

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