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Portland Rioters Storm Federal Courthouse, Smashing Windows and Setting Fires

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Rioting erupted Thursday night in Portland, Oregon, as protesters set fires and damaged the federal courthouse.

Earlier Thursday, a security fence erected around the courthouse at the height of last summer’s violent protests was taken down, according to KGW-TV.

As the doors to the courthouse were being boarded up, conflicts emerged between federal officers guarding the courthouse and protesters who were gathered there.

By evening, fires were set and windows were being smashed, leading authorities to respond with tear gas.

Between 50 and 60 people were seen vandalizing the courthouse, according to KOIN-TV.

When the group failed to disperse as ordered, federal officers then moved in to clear them out.

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