PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The 64th night of protests in downtown Portland had a markedly different tone and feel than previous nights. It was the second consecutive night without the presence of federal agents at the Hatfield Courthouse.
A large group of demonstrators once again filled the blocks around the Justice Center and the Hatfield Courthouse in what often felt more like a street dance party.
Small bonfires were set and doused. Shortly after the first fire was put out around 2 a.m., individuals began making a new fire using wood chips and plywood they pried off of a nearby building. By this time the group Moms United for Black Lives Matter, who had put the earlier fire out, and the Wall of Vets group had left the area.