George Washington Statue Toppled by Portland Protesters on the Eve of Juneteenth
Demonstrators demolished a statue of George Washington in Portland on Thursday evening, where demonstrations against racism and police brutality have taken place for 22 consecutive days.
The statue was demolished on the eve of June 19, a historic holiday celebrating the official end of slavery in the United States. A group of about twenty people gathered around the statue late in the evening, where some demonstrators wrapped the statue's head in an American flag and set fire to several sources.
A group of people demolished a statue of George Washington on the grass of the German American Society in Portland, Ore, late Thursday evening.
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A group of people demolished a statue of George Washington on the lawn of the German American Society in northeast Portland late Thursday evening. There were 30 to 40 people there in ...
7:14 p.m. - June 19, 2020
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This is not the first statue to be mined by protesters in Oregon. On June 13, protesters overturned a statue of Thomas Jefferson, and on June 15, statues of pioneers associated with white domination were torn down at the University of Oregon.
The protests in Portland have been going on since George Floyd was killed by officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis on May 25. Protesters marched peacefully into downtown Portland on Wednesday, while Thursday evening two groups - Lavender Caucus and Rose City Justice - reportedly reported to be attending Jefferson High School, where people shared their experiences of racism.
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