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Left-wing protesters riots in Portland and Seattle on Biden's inauguration day

Left-wing protesters with anti-Biden signs marched through the streets of Portland Wednesday night while further demonstrations took place in Seattle. The Oregon Democratic Party headquarters was damaged in Portland.

According to police reports, around 150 people sprayed anarchist symbols and smashed windows in Portland. Some of the protesters carried a sign that read "We don't want Biden, we want revenge!"

At one point, officers on bicycles broke into the crowd to confiscate a pole attached to a banner, fearing the pole would be used as a weapon.

Police were forced to put smoke canisters on top of the crowd, which threw objects at officers.

Eight people arrested after the Democratic Party headquarters in Portland, Oregon were devastated hours after President Biden's inauguration. https://t.co/AmMemGrtB8

– NBC News (@NBCNews) January 21, 2021

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Violence raged in both Portland and Seattle

Several people were arrested in downtown Seattle. The protests there focused on ICE offices and a federal immigration court.

The protesters tried to break glass in front of the building but were thwarted by bulletproof glass. Glass was broken at nearby businesses and in Nakamura Federal Court.

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A Seattle Police Department spokeswoman Valerie Carson said, "We have been prepared and have units from our community response group who are tracking and following this group and hope to prevent as much criminal activity as possible."

The police arrested several people.

BREAKING: An arrest as the inauguration day protests in Seattle turn violent https://t.co/yUK9u542Ks

– Jennifer Lawson (@JenKOMOProducer) January 21, 2021

The story in Portland was similar.

There are currently 200 left-wing protesters in Portland with anti-Biden and anti-police embassies on the streets.

"We cannot be governed," says one sign. pic.twitter.com/WLTFpJrS03

– Mike Baker (@ByMikeBaker) January 20, 2021

The crowd in Portland has now gone to the local Democratic Party headquarters, smashed windows and wrote "Fuck Biden" pic.twitter.com/N01iXhyWll

– Mike Baker (@ByMikeBaker) January 20, 2021

The protests in Portland have been going on almost continuously since the death of George Floyd in early 2020.

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Washington D. C. In lockdown

The mob violence contrasted sharply with the unprecedented lockdown of the country's capital in preparation for President Joe Biden's inauguration.

After violent protests at the Capitol two weeks ago, some 25,000 National Guard troops had moved in, fences had been erected around the National Mall, and Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser prevented anyone from coming to Washington for the inauguration.

Outside Union Station, the city's train terminal, National Guard troops stood with rifles behind barbed wire fences that sealed off Capitol Hill.

There was no threat or protest.

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Seattle residents are fed up

With protests, demonstrations, and damage seemingly endless in sight, many Seattle residents have had enough.

Anita Perry says, "It's just so frustrating. This city is dying because of these people. We are dying. It used to be a beautiful city, it used to be a great place to live."

Another resident, Angeliqu Harbin, complained, "It's hard to see. We love our neighborhood. And this is a place that people come to – it's a great destination. It just makes me sad to see the window look like this see. "

Perry says she is trying to sell her home and leave Seattle. "It's not really worth it anymore. I just feel shaken, all shops are closed – what I moved here for is nothing anymore. It's really sad.

The original Starbucks in Pike Place Market is one of several buildings damaged in today's protests at @komonews #komonews pic.twitter.com/Svbt9zq2qT

– Tammy Mutasa (@TammyKOMO) January 21, 2021

Many who live in Seattle are fed up with broken windows and spray-painted shops in their already ruined neighborhoods. Http://t.co/P4wpsxV3Hj

– KOMO News (@komonews) January 21, 2021

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