"PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) Portland police responded to a protest in the Pearl District Saturday night and arrested two people.
They say demonstrators spray painted buildings and smashed windows at a grocery store, restaurant, bank, shipping business, and multiple coffee shops.
Police say the protest lasted more than two hours. According to social media posts, demonstrators said they gathered in response to immigration policy under the Biden administration.
Investigators say anyone who believes they were a victim during the protest and who has not reported should contact police."
conspiracy theory: report
"In the run-up to the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, Oregon led all states in per-capita internet searches for armed groups and conspiracy theories.
This data comes from Moonshot CVE, an anti-extremism tech company that, from September to December 2020, tracked internet disinformation and threats of violence that were linked to the U.S. presidential election.
The results dont surprise University of Oregon political-science professor Joseph Lowndes, who studies populism, racial politics and far-right groups.
Oregon has seen a convergence of strong QAnon support, an active paramilitary milieu and, in Portland, Patriot Prayer, he says.
He points out that the state has been a longtime home to right-wing militia activity, spurred years ago by the reduction in federal timber payments as well as increasingly limited government services in some rural areas.
Militias moved in to take up some of that work, to act as first responders, he says"
"Steve Schmidt said he was stepping down from the board but remaining with the organization, and eight former workers said they wanted to share information about the handling of harassment allegations against another co-founder."
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