The head of a George Washington statue in Portland, Oregon was draped in the American flag, lit on fire, and then the entire bronze effigy was toppled by a group of demonstrators in an overnight protest Thursday.
Initially, a group of 20 people met at the statue around 10 p.m. and wrapped Washington’s head in the American flag before lighting it on fire, according to reports by KOIN 6 News.
The event took place on the eve of Juneteenth and ended an otherwise peaceful day of demonstrations throughout the city. Protesters have been gathering for 21 days straight to condemn police brutality after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Floyd died in police custody after an officer kneeled on his neck for over eight minutes.
Opposers of the statue pointed to the fact that America’s first president owned slaves.