THREE people were arrested after a Portland veterans memorial was defaced with a “f**k USA” message during the Thanksgiving protests.
Several arrests were made in the early hours of Thursday morning after the monument was vandalized with red spray paint and its mounted statue was toppled in Portland‘s Lone Fir Cemetery.
A Portland memorial dedicated to war veterans appears to have been defaced by vandals overnight on Wednesday[/caption]
The statue atop the column was also toppled and covered in red paint[/caption]
Nicole Noriega, 38, was booked by cops in Portland, Oregon [/caption]
Bailey Willack was one of the three people arrested[/caption]
Police arrested three people – including Chester Hester in the early morning hours of Thanksgiving[/caption]
Cops in the Oregon city said they arrested Chester Hester, 24, Nicole Noriega, 38, and 23-year-old Bailey Willack.
The alleged culprits are being held at Multnomah County Jail and facing 10 counts of first-degree criminal mischief each.
One of them was carrying a semi-automatic pistol and may be facing weapons charges, reports said.
A teenager was also detained reported KATU and referred to the court for possible charges linked to property damage and cops believe others were involved in the incident.
Journalist Andy Ngo reported that the statue had been vandalized overnight and blamed Antifa for the graffitied monument.
It’s not clear if Hester, Noriega, or Willack are members of Anifa, or if they have attorneys representing them yet.
Members of the anti-facist group called on their Facebook followers to target symbols of colonialism, capitalism, and gentrification.
Protests erupted after their incendiary call to action, which stated: “f**k thanksgiving” and “organize your own direct action.”
The memorial they targeted was unveiled in 1903 to honor the soldiers of the Civil, Spanish-American, Mexican, and Indian wars, according to the cemetery’s website.
Photos showed the toppled statue on top of the memorial covered in red paint as it lay on the ground.
Earlier on Thursday, Ngo also shared footage of a Chase Bank on Hawthorne Boulevard that was also apparently vandalized overnight.
Nearly all of the bank’s windows were riddled with gaping holes surrounded by cracked glass.
Several spray-painted phrases related to the genocide of Indigenous and Native Americans as well as anti-Thanksgiving sentiments were scrawled on the walls of the financial institution.
“F**k you colonizer,” “Pequot massacre,” “F**k Thanksgiving,” and “F**k capitalism” were some of the choice phrases used by the mystery vandals.
At least 10 businesses including grocery stores, an auto service center, a mailing center and other local storefronts were damaged on Wednesday night after a group tagged them all with graffiti, KGW8 reported.
Officers raced to the scene after 1am after receiving calls about a group of people dressed in black were walking down Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard and breaking windows.
Cops found a group that matched callers’ description and said that members of the group were carrying “evidence” that connected them to the vandalism incidents.
One of the group members was toting a semi-automatic pistol, police said.
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The vandalism took place hours after protesters and police clashed outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) building in south Portland on Tuesday night.
Locals feared more violence on Thursday after members of the Antifa movement demanded that Americans to disavow the Thanksgiving tradition.
Members of the anti-fascist protest movement said they were “tired of seeing white people celebrate the genocide of our ancestors” before riots ensued.