Yesterday, 25 people were arrested during a May Day march in downtown Portland, Oregon. According to ABC News, protesters threw Molotov cocktails, lead balls, smoke bombs, paint, glass bottles and full cans of Pepsi at police. May Day, which falls on May 1st, is also known as International Workers' Day. It is known for political action by labor unions and other progressive organizations.
The Portland Police Bureau said that Officers were forced to put on protective helmets and other protective equipment due to the items launched at them. According to the report, at one point there were attempts from protesters to set a business on fire.
The bureau shared mugshots for 22 of the 25 suspects on Tuesday who were arrested in "riots" that broke out at the march. Most were arrested for disorderly conduct and ranged in age from 17 to 44.
Police encouraged peaceful protesters to separate themselves from "anarchists committing acts of violence/property damage." Authorities also told families with children at the march to "immediately leave" when the violence erupted, according to the report.
Witnesses described the march as initially a peaceful, family-friendly event.
"It's frightening, and I think, moreover, it's just disgusting and depraved behavior," Keely Bottcher told ABC affiliate KATU. "I just wonder what happened to the idea of democracy and being American. And (it) seems like everything is turning very political. You can't like democracy only if it goes your way."
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