Activists in Portland have torn down a statue of George Washington after covering its head with a flaming US flag during the latest night of protests sweeping the city.
At roughly 11pm local time on Thursday, a group of some 30 to 40 protesters initially vandalized the statue, located on the lawn of the German American Society in Northeast Portland, with graffiti which read: “You’re on native land.” They called the first president of the US a “genocidal colonist.” The group later brought the statue down with ropes.
The nearly 100-year-old statue of George Washington in NE Portland has been pulled down. There are no police in the area. #antifa#BlackLivesMatterpic.twitter.com/qdiY1Y0Zo8
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) June 19, 2020