from Sputnik News:
The Oregon city on the US West Coast has been rocked by months of unrest since police killed an unarmed African American man in Minneapolis on 25 May. The protests have been exacerbated by partisan bickering between Portland’s mayor and President Donald Trump, who sent federal law enforcement officers to the city to protect federal buildings.
Protesters in Portland have torn down statues of two US presidents in an “Indigenous Peoples Day of Rage” event Sunday night organised on the eve of Columbus Day, which marks the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the Americas on 12 October 1492.
The protesters’ targets included a statue of Abraham Lincoln, the US president best known for abolishing slavery, with rioters tearing the statue from its pedestal using chains, daubing the statue’s hands with red paint to symbolise blood, and covering the pedestal with graffiti reading “Stolen Land” and “Dakota 38,” a reference to the number of Dakota Indians executed on Lincoln’s orders in 1862.
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) October 12, 2020
Nearby, protesters also tore down a statue of Teddy Roosevelt astride a horse, covering it with orange paint and spray-painting “Stolen Land” on the pedestal.
— Shane B. Murphy (@shanermurph) October 12, 2020