Since the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, protests have spread across the United States, and not all of them have been peaceful. President Donald Trump blames Antifa and violent anarchists for taking advantage of the protest movement to start chaos on the streets of major cities like Portland, Minneapolis, Seattle, and Philadelphia.
Over the last four years, a lot of protests have become violent in Portland. Still, many people say that the recent violence is because of the federal agents in town. The Trump administration said the agents are in town to protect the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Federal Courthouse, which has been threatened by protesters.
While the presence of federal agents upset protesters in Portland, there were plenty of examples of violence already in the city. Dozens of videos surfaced, showing demonstrators throwing light explosives, firecrackers, frozen water bottles, and other items at federal agents. Many were arrested and charged with arson for throwing explosives and firebombs at the courthouse.