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Protesters pull down George Washington statue in Portland

June 19, 2020 GMT
A statue of George Washington, that was erected in the 1920s, is shown on the ground with a sticker that reads "You Are On Native Land" after it was taken down by protesters in in Portland, Ore., Thursday, June 18, 2020. (Mark Graves/The Oregonian via AP)
A statue of George Washington, that was erected in the 1920s, is shown on the ground with a sticker that reads "You Are On Native Land" after it was taken down by protesters in in Portland, Ore., Thursday, June 18, 2020. (Mark Graves/The Oregonian via AP)
A statue of George Washington, that was erected in the 1920s, is shown on the ground with a sticker that reads "You Are On Native Land" after it was taken down by protesters in in Portland, Ore., Thursday, June 18, 2020. (Mark Graves/The Oregonian via AP)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Protesters who took to the streets in Portland, Oregon for the 22nd consecutive night tore down a statue of George Washington that was erected in the 1920s, the Portland Police Bureau said Friday.

The demonstrators placed a sticker on the head of the statue that read “You are on Native land” and also spray-painted the statue’s pedestal.

Police said a smaller group split from several hundred peaceful protesters and threw hot dogs at police and cut a fence surrounding the Justice Center, which has been a flashpoint for conflicts between demonstrators and police.

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Another group set a fire around the Washington statue before tearing it down.

No one was arrested.

Earlier in the week, protestors at the University of Oregon in Eugene vandalized two statues representing white pioneers.