Oakland: Rioters ‘Peacefully Marched’ Before Attacking Police, Federal Buildings (PHOTOS)

Rioters “peacefully marched” on Saturday evening in Oakland, California, before attacking police, damaging federal buildings, and vandalizing private property, according to media reports.

The “protest” had been a show of solidarity with violent demonstrations in Portland, Oregon, which have targeted a federal courthouse. President Donald Trump recently sent federal law enforcement officers to defend the building after Mayor Ted Wheeler (D) refused to act to stop the violence.

In response, there were solidarity protests by Black Lives Matter activists in Los Angeles, Oakland, and elsewhere — which were likewise violent.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported:

Downtown Oakland was on high alert Saturday night following a protest that drew thousands of people in a show of solidarity against racial injustice and in support of protesters in Portland, Ore.

While most of the crowd remained non-destructive, a fire was set at the Alameda County Superior Courthouse and police station windows were smashed hours after protesters had peacefully marched from Frank H. Ogawa Plaza along Broadway.

The demonstrators carried signs such as “Abolish the Police” and “End Fascist USA.”

Photographers documented the “non-destructive” event, which included fireworks launched at police; smashed windows at federal buildings; and vandalized a local bank, among other criminal acts.

Graffiti on one building read: “SELF-DEFENSE AIN’T VIOLENCE.”

Federal building damaged in Oakland (Christian Monterrosa / Associated Press)

Protesters watch a flare inside of a federal building during a protest on Saturday, July 25, 2020, in Oakland, Calif. Protesters in California set fire to a courthouse, damaged a police station and assaulted officers after a peaceful demonstration intensified late Saturday, Oakland police said. (AP Photo/Christian Monterrosa)

Citibank smashed Oakland (Christian Monterrosa / Associated Press)

A Citibank is vandalized during a protest on Saturday, July 25, 2020, in Oakland, Calif. Protesters in California set fire to a courthouse, damaged a police station and assaulted officers after a peaceful demonstration intensified late Saturday, Oakland police said. (AP Photo/Christian Monterrosa)

Protesters In Oakland Gather In Solidarity With Portland Activists (Natasha Moustache / Getty)

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – JULY 25: Fireworks explode above protesters during a march on July 25, 2020 in Oakland, California. Demonstrators in Oakland gathered to protest in solidarity with Portland protests. (Photo by Natasha Moustache/Getty Images)

Trump fascist graffiti Oakland (Natasha Moustache / Getty)

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – JULY 25: Graffiti condemning the President covers a building on July 25, 2020 in Oakland, California. Demonstrators in Oakland gathered to protest in solidarity with Portland protests. (Photo by Natasha Moustache/Getty Images)

Abolish the Police Oakland (Natasha Moustache / Getty)

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – JULY 25: Protesters hold signs in support of defunding the police on July 25, 2020 in Oakland, California. Demonstrators in Oakland gathered to protest in solidarity with Portland protests. (Photo by Natasha Moustache/Getty Images)

Self Defense (Natasha Moustache / Getty)

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – JULY 25: Protesters memorialize the names of victims of police brutality on July 25, 2020 in Oakland, California. Demonstrators in Oakland gathered to protest in solidarity with Portland protests. (Photo by Natasha Moustache/Getty Images)

Flag Oakland (Natasha Moustache / Getty)

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – JULY 25: A protester carries a tattered American flag during a march on July 25, 2020 in Oakland, California. Demonstrators in Oakland gathered to protest in solidarity with Portland protests. (Photo by Natasha Moustache/Getty Images)

Oakland police (Christian Monterrosa / Associated Press)

Police chase after protesters who refused to disperse at a protest on Saturday, July 25, 2020, in Oakland, Calif. Protesters in California set fire to a courthouse, damaged a police station and assaulted officers after a peaceful demonstration intensified late Saturday, Oakland police said. (AP Photo/Christian Monterrosa)

The Associated Press news wire described the riot in Oakland as it has described the violence in Portland — as a protest against “racial injustice” protest.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). His new book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

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