Portlanders were up early on Monday, June 1, cleaning up after the weekend protests and riots in downtown.
Maintenance crews with solvents removed graffiti from storefronts and monuments, including the Thompson Elk fountain between Chapman and Lownsdale squares, while crews cleaned up glass in the lobby of the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
The messages were mostly anti-police slogans and some statements of solidarity with George Floyd, the Minneapolis man killed in police custody last week. Some included apocalyptic warnings.
Much of it was written hastily, on the move, and often abbreviated. At the U.S. District Court entrance at Southwest Third Avenue and Salmon Street, large graffiti had been laid down while the space was unprotected. Cleanup had not started Monday morning, and a banner still hung from scaffolding over the entrance. The Justice Center next door, which was damaged by fire on Friday, was fenced off and guarded by three police officers.
A spray-painted version of the chant "Say his name" was being removed from the Wells Fargo Center on Southwest Fourth Avenue.
The Apple store was fully boarded up with black plywood after Friday night's break in, with cracks still visible high up in the glass. Workers from the Standard insurance company cleaned up their own building and those across the street such as the 7-Eleven, which are also owned by the Standard.
The newly remodeled Portland Building, which contains offices for city of Portland workers, was tagged, and workers cleaned up glass from a window ledge at the Multnomah County Courthouse next door.
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