A memorial to war veterans was damaged and a statue was overthrown in Portland


Three have been arrested for overthrowing and damaging a war memorial while protesters graffiti businesses with racist and anti-Thanksgiving messages.

  • A monument to the Lone Fir Cemetery has been damaged overnight in Portland, police said
  • The statue on top of the monument was also demolished and sprayed with red paint
  • At least 10 other businesses were vandalized overnight, according to police
  • The words “Thanksgiving”, “decolonize” and “colonizers” were written on them
  • Police arrested Chester Hester, 24, Nicole Noriega, 38, and Bailey Willack, 23.
  • They have been arrested at Multnomah County Prison and each must suffer 10 first-degree crimes. It is not clear if they have lawyers

A memorial dedicated to war veterans was damaged and a statue was overthrown early Thursday morning during protests in Portland.

The videos and pictures showed red paint sprayed on a column in the Lonely Pine Cemetery with the words “F ** k USA”.

The statue mounted on top of the structure was also demolished and seen on the ground covered with red paint.

The word decolonization can be seen scattered on the monument

A memorial to war veterans was damaged and a statue was overthrown early Thursday morning during demonstrations in Portland

The statue mounted on top of the structure was also demolished and seen on the ground covered in red paint.  The monument, erected in 1903, honors the mayor, the soldiers of the Spanish-American, Mexican and Indian wars, according to the cemetery's website

The statue mounted on top of the structure was also demolished and seen on the ground covered with red paint. The monument, erected in 1903, honors the mayor, Spanish-American, Mexican and Indian war soldiers – read on the cemetery website

The monument, erected in 1903, honors soldiers from the Civil, Spanish-American, Mexican, and Indian wars, according to the cemetery’s website.

In addition to the damaged memorial, at least 10 businesses in Portland were damaged overnight.

Portland police said they responded to reports of a group of people breaking a window and painting graffiti on the buildings.

Damaged businesses include banks, car service, shipping shops and other shop windows, police said.

Authorities said 24-year-old Chester Hester, 38-year-old Nicole Noriega and 23-year-old Bailey Willack were arrested. A member of the group was carrying a semi-automatic pistol and could face an armed charge.

They have been arrested at Multnomah County Prison and each must commit 10 first-degree crimes. It is not clear if they have lawyers.

In addition to the damaged memorial, at least 10 businesses in Portland were damaged overnight

In addition to the damaged memorial, at least 10 businesses in Portland were damaged overnight

Portland police said they responded to reports that a group of people had broken windows and painted graffiti on buildings.

Portland police said they responded to reports of a group of people breaking windows and painting graffiti on buildings

The authorities did not provide an estimate of the damage.

Police say witnesses said more people were likely to be involved and plans to continue the investigation.

The demonstration came after a call was made on Wednesday for indigenous protesters to attack symbols of colonization, capitalism and gentrification.

Antifa members said in a Facebook post that they are “already tired of white people celebrating the genocide of our ancestors”.

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It is unclear whether the three people arrested were members of the anti-fascist protest movement.

The “Fuck Your Thanksgiving” graffiti can be seen through a business window on Southeast Hawthorne Street in Portland.

The “Fuck Your Thanksgiving” graffiti can be seen through a business window on Southeast Hawthorne Street in Portland.

Graffiti is depicted at Bank of America’s ATM on Southeast Hawthorne Street in Portland after a call was made on Wednesday for indigenous protesters to attack symbols of colonization, capitalism and gentrification.

Graffiti is depicted at Bank of America’s ATM on Southeast Hawthorne Street in Portland after a call was made on Wednesday for indigenous protesters to attack symbols of colonization, capitalism and gentrification.

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“Land Back” graffiti depicted at a business on Thursday in Southeast Hawthorne Street, Portland

A man walks past anti-gentrification messages on Thursday on Southeast Hawthorne Street in Portland, Umpqua Bank.

A man walks past anti-gentrification messages on Thursday on Southeast Hawthorne Street in Portland at Umpqua Bank.