Thursday, journalist Andy Ngo tweeted:
The elk statue in downtown Portland is now fully engulfed in flames. #antifa
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) July 2, 2020
The sculpture was donated to the city of Portland, Oregon, United States in 1900. It is located in the Plaza Blocks in downtown Portland.
The Elk is located at Southwest Main between 3rd and 4th Avenues, between Chapman Square and Lownsdale Square in Portland’s Plaza Blocks. It was donated by former Portland mayor David P. Thompson in 1900 to commemorate the elk that once lived in the area.
Per Fox News, protesters in Portland, Ore., reportedly started a bonfire underneath the historic Elk statue near the federal courthouse Wednesday night and ripped off wood boards protecting the building’s windows to use for firewood and barricades.
Protesters threw water bottles and other projectiles as police fired pepper balls and at least one flash-bang at protesters in front of the courthouse, according to freelance reporter Sergio Olmos.
Demonstrators also reportedly set off fireworks in the direction of the Multnomah County Justice Center.
Small group of protestors kneeling in front of federal courthouse, officers inside. They have been firing pepper balls when protestors get too close pic.twitter.com/Ykm8HkmZFX
— Sergio Olmos (@MrOlmos) July 2, 2020