War memorial in Portland cemetery toppled, vandalized on Thanksgiving
War memorial in Portland cemetery toppled, vandalized on Thanksgiving

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A protest on Wednesday night and early Thursday morning ended with the arrest of three people, after Portland police said demonstrators broke windows and sprayed graffiti on a New Seasons Market and several other businesses on Hawthorne Boulevard.

Police said multiple callers reported seeing a group of people dressed in black and moving west along Hawthorne, breaking out windows as they went.

Officers said they found damage to at least 10 businesses on Hawthorne between Southeast 33rd annd Southeast 41st Avenue. They estimated several thousand dollars’ worth of damage.

They arrested three people, each on 10 counts of first-degree criminal mischief. Officers also found one person with a semi-automatic pistol, and referred that person to the district attorney’s office for possible weapons charges. A juvenile was also arrested on charges of property damage.

There were also reports of statues being toppled and graffiti sprayed, in two different parks around the city. Police did not immediately confirm those reports.

Some independent journalists reported that a statue from a war monument in Lone Fir Cemetery was toppled. That statue, known as the Soldiers Monument, was unveiled in 1903 to honor soldiers of the Civil, Spanish American, Mexican and Indian wars, according to the cemetery’s website. About 345 soldiers from these wars are believed to be buried at Lone Fir.

Protesters have stated their plans to protest the colonization, capitalism and gentrification that Thanksgiving represents.

-The Oregonian/OregonLive

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