Police declare riot in Portland after May Day protesters break windows

 Police declare riot in Portland after May Day protesters break windows

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 and a Hilton hotel in the Oregon city were marred by graffiti, and one man was charged with menacing cops with a knife, Portland police said on Twitter.

May 1, or May Day, is celebrated in many nations as International Workers Day or Labor Day.

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.

A demonstrator films law enforcement as people protest outside of Portland's ICE building.
Over 100 protesters gathered in Portland, with some choosing to demonstrate near an ICE facility.
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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.

Protest outside of Portland's Immigration and Customs Enforcement building on May Day in Portland.
The demonstrators made their way to City Hall, covering 3 Starbucks stores and a Hilton hotel in graffiti.
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“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.”

Police confront May Day protesters at the  Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility.
Portland police declared the demonstration a riot and started making arrests at 11 p.m.
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Other demonstrators were charged with criminal mischief and resisting arrest, including a 36-year-old woman who had bear spray, a gas mask, and a helmet, cops said.

Another protester was carrying a baseball bat and a knife, and wore body armor, police said.

Portland police confront May Day protesters at the ICE facility.
The Portland police chief praised his officers saying they “exercised restraint and professionalism.”
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Meanwhile, police in Seattle, Washington, said 14 people were arrested there when May Day demonstrations saw protesters block traffic and clash with police, Fox said.