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May Day demonstrations in Portland turn violent as officials declare a riot and arrest six

Demonstrations in Portland to commemorate May Day Saturday turned violent overnight, with officials declaring a riot and arresting six people, one with a knife.

Three separate Starbucks stores suffered window damage and a Hilton hotel in the Oregon city was marred by graffiti. The words “Happy May Day” were spray painted onto The Hilton. One man was charged with menacing cops with a knife, Portland police said on Twitter. Portland Police confirmed on Twitter that no officers were injured, but condemned the attacks. “Thankfully, no officers were injured. This was an incredibly dangerous situation that could have resulted in the use of deadly force.”

Portland’s demonstration on Saturday began peacefully, police said, with about 100 people gathering in the city, including near a federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility. But the gatherings — about 30 people near the ICE facility and nearly 100 at Shemanski Park — grew increasingly violent by 10 p.m., with the mob breaking windows and spraying graffiti as it moved toward City Hall, Fox News reported. Police ultimately declared a riot, with cops making the arrests after 11 p.m., Fox said. Among them was Jeremiah Day, 22, who ran from police but was found by bike cops – and allegedly pulled a butterfly knife on the officers before being busted.

“Once again, under the cover of darkness, several dozen people decided to damage and destroy multiple businesses in our downtown area resulting in a riot,” Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell said in a statement early Sunday. “The situation became extremely dangerous when a man brandished a knife at officers when officers were simply doing their job,” the chief said. “The officers appear to have exercised restraint and professionalism and safely apprehended this suspect.”

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