Second Night of Vandalism and Protests Take Place in Portland in Response to Roe v. Wade Decision

A large group of rioters were back in downtown Portland, Oregon smashing windows and vandalizing several buildings Saturday night in response to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on abortion. 

The group graffitied several messages targeting the U.S. Supreme Court. It was also the city’s second night of riots and unrest after protesters gathered Friday night. 

The group on Saturday, made of about 100 people, were yelling and chanting as they marched down the streets when they would periodically stop to vandalize or graffiti objects.

“Death to SCOTUS,” one black spray-painted message said.

Members of the group smashed several windows of a Starbucks Coffee building. At the same time, another group was seen destroying a Tesla car. 

The group spray-painted a storage box with what appears to say: “Abort the court.”

The group’s damaging riot spree comes only one day after a majority on the Supreme Court voted to overturn Roe v. Wade, which recognized the right of women to receive an abortion.

Groups around the country called for protests to be held as a national response to what they viewed as the revocation of rights.

Ten people were arrested Friday night amid protest following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the landmark abortion rights case Roe v. Wade.

The arrests were mostly for disorderly conduct. The protest started as a gathering near an anti-abortion-focused pregnancy center and grew to about 75 people, the Eugene Police Department said.

After the first arrest, the situation escalated, police said, with members of the crowd becoming “verbally hostile” to officers. The police department said some people fought with officers, and the police then fired non-lethal “pepper balls” at the crowd. The crowd eventually left, the police department said.

The clergy was among those in the weekend protests. 

“How do we move forward? Is together… And seeing all of our issues are interconnected,” said Drew Frantz, a reverend with the Unitarian Universalist Church. “This is about the rights of trans people, the rights of Black and brown people. The rights of poor people. So we move forward together with coalitions … and political action … grounded in morality and values — that’s how we move forward.”


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