No, Antifa did not set fire to a Portland Apple Store (video)

Someone did start a dumpster fire dangerously close to the store, but fire fighters got it quickly under control.

From Willemette Week’s “Marchers Set Fire at Apple Store and Shatter Windows Across Downtown Portland After Police Killing” posted Saturday:

The powder keg lit by the police killing of a man in the Lents neighborhood Friday morning exploded in downtown Portland on Friday night.

Protesters who for nearly a year have demanded the defunding or abolition of the Portland Police Bureau responded to the fatal shooting by carving a trail of property destruction through downtown. The spree lasted into Saturday morning. They shattered windows of banks, restaurants and a church, wrote “No More History” on the Oregon Historical Society’s front entrance, and faced off with riot police in streets near the upscale Pioneer Place mall.

They also set fires—in dumpsters, in a portable toilet, and in a construction site outside the Apple Store.

Cue the video:

My take: I’m not defending random acts of arson, but no one should be surprised when an aggrieved population oppressed minority uses fire as a tool of protest or to try to level the playing field. See “Setting the Woods on Fire: Rural Incendiarism as Protest.”

BTW, I learned of the incident from a widely shared tweet that both overstated the case and, without evidence, attributed responsibility.

See also: Aspirational looting at the Apple Stores (videos)

8 Comments

  1. Steven Noyes said:
    “My take: I’m not defending random acts of arson, but no one should be surprised when an oppressed minority uses fire as a tool of protest or to try to level the playing field.”

    Phillip, you ARE condoning and supporting wanton acts of destruction and violence against Americans. By and large, these kids are NOT oppressed minorities but white kids from very wealthy families.

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  2. Robert Stack said:
    And let the political statements begin…

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  3. Fred Stein said:
    Arson is not protest.

    While I empathize with people who are suffering, violence, arson, vandalism only helps galvanize their political opposition.

    Disclaimer: Liberal, not progressive.

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  4. Ken Cheng said:
    Portland Oregon? There’s far less “oppressed minority” in Portland than 90+% of the rest of the US.

    From the article: “They shattered windows of banks, restaurants and a church, wrote “No More History” on the Oregon Historical Society’s front entrance, and faced off with riot police in streets near the upscale Pioneer Place mall.”

    No mention of looting. I would say this is the work of anarchists, rather than the oppressed.

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  5. Michael Goldfeder said:
    Even more disturbing was the fact that an entire squad of “Android Police” merely stood by and watched. Making no effort to stop the peaceful protestors.

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  6. Brian Loftus said:
    Thanks for digging more into the story. Political violence is always wrong. Arson is always wrong. What makes you think it’s oppressed folks? If it’s Antifa – they are mostly a Lilly white privileged group.

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  7. These are disturbing times but there’s little new going on under the streetlights. Cities were sacked and burned by the Mongols, Vandals and the residents of DC and Baltimore in 1968. Housing, Education, Police and Unemployment were determined to be the driving factors in 1968. My neighbor, a newspaper photographer, covered those riots. At 9, I watched B&W prints of the ’68 riots develop in his basement darkroom. Chilling. Hitler burned the Reichstag, for specific reasons. Better than words, fire enflames the viewer, especially when the television announcer inserts a political or ideological bent. First Responders dread these nights, I hear it from them, these are often their neighbors so they know the roots of this discontent too well. Housing, Education, Police and Unemployment. (Thanks for the AGS link!)

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  8. David Emery said:
    I have a continuum of reactions to protests, ranging from Happy-to-see those that stay fully within the law, to Annoyed-but-understanding those who commit misdemeanors and inconvenience the public (blocking streets) to No-tolerance-at-all for those who riot and loot, particularly those who loot.

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