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The march from Director Park happened as local anti-fascists gathered for a soccer tournament on Wednesday, Dec. 30.

COURTESY PHOTO: PPB - Portland Police Bureau says a group of about 40 people vandalized downtown Portland on Dec. 30. Portland Police Bureau officers are investigating reports of criminal mischief after a number of government buildings and private businesses were vandalized in downtown Portland.

Authorities say about 40 people gathered Wednesday, Dec. 30, at Director Park at around 7 p.m., thereafter marching east on Southwest Third Avenue, south on Jefferson Street, before returning west to the South Park Blocks and dispersing near their starting point.

"During the march, participants broke windows, spray painted buildings, fired paintballs, and caused other damage," according to a news release. "Officers attempted to contact one subject and their police vehicle was spray painted as well."

Around 5:30 p.m. that same day, organizers of the "Portland Antifa Football Club" organized several soccer matches at Duniway Field, which is located about a mile away from Director Park. The link between the two events is unclear.

The sporting event had a clear left-wing bent — with matches pitting the Long Legged Socialists against No Justice No Cleats — with more than 50 people in the sidelines, according to social media reports.



No arrests were made during the downtown vandalism incident, but police say they continue to gather evidence of criminal mischief. Slogans such as "eat the rich" and "1312" — an anti-police code — were found painted on a variety of structures.

The vandalism impacted buildings and property owned by the Oregon Historical Society, Portland Police Bureau, TriMet, Pac West Center, Starbucks Coffee on Southwest Third, Directors Park, The University Club, The Old Courthouse, Fogo De Chao restaurant, City Hall and First Republic Bank.


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