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Demonstrators in Portland reject Biden presidency, federal agents use tear gas to subdue crowds

Protesters say the newly inaugurated President Biden "will not save us."

Published: January 21, 2021 8:16am

Updated: January 21, 2021 8:25pm

Hours after the inauguration Wednesday of Democratic President Joe Biden, protesters in Portland, Ore., took to the streets and smashed windows in the city's Democratic Party headquarters.

Demonstrators marched through the streets burning U.S. flags and made clear that Biden's political and legislative agendas fail to meet their expectations.

Federal agents dressed in camouflage lined the streets, shooting off rounds of pepper balls and tear gas at a crowd surrounding an Immigration and Customs Enforcement building in the downtown area. 

One demonstrator in the liberal-leaning city carried a banner that read, "We don't want Biden — we want revenge," according to the New York Times.

Another banner read: "We are ungovernable."

The demonstrations follow those this past summer over police brutality that at times devolved into acts of arson, deadly violence, looting and damage to businesses and government buildings. 

In Seattle on Wednesday, groups vandalized property while carrying banners that read, "No Cops, Prisons, Borders, Presidents."  

"A Democratic administration is not a victory for oppressed people," said a flier that was handed out.

Demonstrators also spray-painted anarchist symbols on federal buildings and chanted against Biden and former President Trump. 

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