The domestic terrorist group Antifa has been allowed to do whatever they please for far too long.
The group has essentially held the city of Portland hostage for a while now.
The group called for an attack on “symbols and structures of colonialism and capitalism” on Thanksgiving Eve.
Apparently this meant the destruction of more businesses as well as a veteran’s war memorial, which the group toppled.
Police have arrested 3 people connected to the vandalism, which is a federal crime under the “Veterans’ Memorial Preservation Act of 2003.”
THREE people were arrested after "f**k USA" was scrawled on a Portland veterans memorial during the Thanksgiving protests.
Several arrests were made in the early hours of Thursday morning after the monument was vandalized with red spray paint and its mounted statue was toppled in Portland's Lone Fir Cemetery.
Cops in the Oregon city said they arrested Chester Hester, 24, Nicole Noriega, 38, and 23-year-old Bailey Willack.
The alleged culprits are being held at Multnomah County Jail and facing 10 counts of first-degree criminal mischief each – but one of them was carrying a semi-automatic pistol and may be facing weapons charges.
A teenager was also detained regarding alleged property damage, reported KATU, and cops believe others were involved in the incident.
Law enforcement received reports at around 1.20am yesterday of a group dressed in black smashing windows and spray-painting graffiti Southeast Portland.
They arrested three people who were “carrying evidence connecting them to the vandalism," the station stated.
It's not clear if Hester, Noriega, or Willack are members of Anifa, or if they have attorneys representing them yet.
Members of the anti-facist group called on their Facebook followers to target symbols of colonialism, capitalism, and gentrification.
Protests erupted after their incendiary call to action, which stated: "f**k thanksgiving" and "organize your own direct action."
The memorial they targeted was unveiled in 1903 to honor the soldiers of the Civil, Spanish-American, Mexican, and Indian wars, according to the cemetery's website.
Photos showed the toppled statue on top of the memorial covered in red paint as it lay on the ground.
Journalist Any Ngo has covered the situation in Portland very closely, and provided updates on Twitter.
As Ngo pointed out, several businesses were also targeted.
Breitbart has more on the crime, and the possible repercussions:
An Antifa group in Portland, Oregon, called for a Thanksgiving Eve attack on “symbols and structures of colonialism and capitalism.” The incited direct action led to the destruction and vandalism of a veterans’ war memorial and downtown businesses.
PNY Youth Liberation Front, a group described as an Antifa group by independent journalist Andy Ngo, tweeted a call for a “decentralized anti-colonial day of action” on Thanksgiving Eve. The message began, “F**k Thanksgiving, f**k Black Friday!”
On Thanksgiving, the group tweeted a “Portland Reportback” showing a photo of a toppled and defaced veterans’ war memorial statue located in Lone Fir Cemetery.
The destruction of veterans’ memorials is a federal crime under the “Veterans’ Memorial Preservation Act of 2003.” A conviction under this statute can lead to a federal prison sentence of up to 10 years. In June, President Donald Trump signed an executive order calling on the Department of Justice to “prosecute to the fullest extent permitted under Federal law, and as appropriate, any person or any entity that destroys, damages, vandalizes, or desecrates a monument, memorial, or statue within the United States or otherwise vandalizes government property” in response the wave of attacks on veterans’ memorials by Antifa and Black Lives Matter groups.