Oregon ‘anarchist’ group takes credit for burning 15 police cars in ‘preemptive’ attack

Rose City Counter-Info, a self-described “anarchist” group based in Portland, Oregon, took credit Monday for having “torched” 15 police cars at the Portland Police Bureau’s (PPB) training facility.

The group says last week’s attack was a “preemptive” one, pointing to recent police intervention at anti-Israel college campus protests nationwide. It noted on its blog members “cut through a fence, set ten fires and are happy it grew to burn fifteen cars!”

“After seeing Humboldt, Columbia, UCLA and more we knew the occupation at (Portland State University) would be swept violently and wanted to attack PPB before,” the group wrote. “While we respect the student occupations, particularly the ones occupying buildings and causing damages to the colleges, we hate to see them passive and waiting to be attacked.”

“Catch the police off guard! They do not believe you are free!” Rose City Counter-Info continued. “Show them you are! Raid them before they raid you!”

The anarchists then called for violent resistance on college campuses, saying “if the frat bros come, smash their frat house windows!”

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“If the Zionist settlers come, throw fireworks at them! If the cops come don’t just resist arrest, fight them! They will hate you and beat you if you’re peaceful or violent, and it is time to be violent,” the group said.

A representative of PPB told The National Desk (TND) Tuesday it is “aware of an online post claiming responsibility for the fires,” adding it is related to an “open and ongoing investigation.”

Rose City Counter-Info has taken responsibility for other crimes via its blog, writing in March that it attacked machines at a highway construction site. The group also took responsibility for sabotaging a butcher shop to “make the flesh they butchered unsellable.”

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