Progressive group riots resume in major cities despite Biden inauguration

Progressive group riots resume in major cities despite Biden inauguration

President
Biden
was
officially
sworn
in
on
Wednesday,
but
riots
of
the
kind
that
had
been
blamed
on
Trump
erupted
anyway, damaging
property
and
federal
buildings.

Police
departments
in
Portland
and
Seattle
reported
damage
as
a
result
of
gatherings
near
federal
buildings,
while
anti-fascist
protesters
burned
American
flags
in
Denver.

The
riots
took
place
on
the
same
day
as
Biden’s
Inauguration,
which
bore
an
“America
United”
theme.

Trump
has
been
accused
of inflaming
divisiveness
throughout
the
U.S.,
a
narrative
that
Biden
recognized
during
his
campaign
for
the
presidency.

During
the
lead-up
to
the
2020
election,
then-candidate
Biden

released
an
ad
that
said
he
would
be
looking
to
“lower
the
temperature
in
this
country,
not
raise
it”
like
Trump
had.

Biden
has
previously
condemned
violence
of
any
kind,
whether
it
is
perpetrated
by
people
identifying
with
the
left
or
the
right.

He
has
suggested
that
Trump’s
unwillingness
to
do
the
same put
lives
in
jeopardy.

“Donald
Trump
has
been
president
for
almost
four
years,”
Biden
said
in
response
to
deadly
violence
in
Portland
over
the
summer.
“The
temperature
in
the
country
is
higher,
tensions
run
stronger,
divisions
run
deeper.
And
all
of
us
are
less
safe
because
Donald
Trump
can’t
do
the
job
of
the
American
president.”

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But
even
after
Election
Day,
violence
and
protests
have
continued.

On
Jan.
6,
a
group
of
pro-Trump
extremists
stormed
Capitol
Hill
and
laid
siege
on
Capitol
buildings,
an
insurrection
that
resulted
in
fatalities.
It
was
undertaken
in
protest
of
the
election
results,
encouraged
by
a
baseless
narrative
woven
by
Trump
that
the
election
had
been
“stolen”
from
him.

More
recently,
progressive
protesters who
appear
to
be
frustrated
with
the
Democratic
Party
have
taken
action.

As

previously
reported
by
Fox
News,
about
150
rioters
in
Portland
damaged
the
Democratic
Party
headquarters
on
Wednesday.

Some
in
the
group
of
about
150
people
smashed
windows
and
spray-painted
anarchist
symbols
at
the
political
party
building.
Police
said
eight
arrests
were
made
in
the
area.
Some
demonstrators
carried
a
sign
reading,
“We
don’t
want
Biden,
we
want
revenge!”
in
response
to
“police
murders”
and
“imperialist
wars.”
Others
carried
a
banner
declaring
“We
Are
Ungovernable.”

Portland
has
been
the
site
of
frequent
protests,
many
involving
violent
clashes
between
officers
and
demonstrators,
ever
since
the
police
killing
of
George
Floyd
in
Minneapolis
in
May.
Over
the
summer,
there
were
demonstrations
for
more
than
100
straight
days.

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In
Seattle,
the
local
police
department
posted
pictures
of
a
courthouse
with
shattered
doors.
People
were
also
reportedly
throwing
objects
at
cars
and
reporters
said
demonstrators
were
protesting
against
President
Biden
and
law
enforcement,
and
carried
a
sign
reading,
“Abolish
ICE.”

A
small
“anti-fascist”
crowd
gathered
in
Denver
where
American
flags
were
burned
and
two
people
were
arrested
for
weapons
violations.
Those
demonstrations
were
against
Trump,
Biden,
police
violence
and
racial
injustice,
according
to
The
Denver
Post.


Fox
News’
Louis
Casiano,
David
Aaro
and
The
Associated
Press
contributed
to
this
report.

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