The images inevitably recall what happened in Germany before the Second World War, specifically at the Bebelplatz in Berlin, in front of the Friedrich-Wilhelms University on May 10, 1933, when the Nazis started burning books that they did not like.
The communists did the same in Germany after the war. It also occurred in Berlin, in the eastern area under Soviet rule, on June 1, 1955, the Communists burning what they considered "dirty and rubbish literature" at the 18th Primary School in Berlin-Pankow.
A question that many reporters have made themselves is “What does that have to do with George Floyd or Police Brutality?” Destroying everything our civilization stands for seems to be the core desire of protestors. Why won't Democrats condemn this?
According to video recordings of the scene, no federal agent participated in controlling the crowd. Multnomah County Sheriff's Deputies were stationed near the Justice Center, a few blocks from the Mark O. Hatfield Court, but did not appear to respond to any of the crimes being committed.
Some protesters urged people to refrain from damaging property or attacking the building. The groups are aligned with city and state officials, who want federal agents to leave.
Others tried to provoke a response from federal agents, knocking on a garage door in the federal building and throwing shells at it. The Trump administration increased federal agents in Portland in early July when police officers failed to protect federal court of the riots.
After speeches outside the Justice Center around 9 p.m. Friday, the crowd moved to the federal building, the police office said.
"For the rest of the night and until the next morning the crowd was contained. Some lit fires, climbed the fence of the federal court building, threw objects, and sang, ”according to their summary of the incident.
President Donald Trump said late Friday that Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials will not leave Portland "until local police finish cleaning up anarchists and agitators."
Although Friday night was quieter than previous days, protesters were still seen setting fire and committing other acts of vandalism in the city center. The day before, protesters set fire to a pig's head in police clothing.
It should be noted that in September 2010, a Protestant pastor announced that he would burn copies of the Koran. He wanted to burn one copy for each victim of the 9/11 attacks. The scandal was worldwide and there were protests in many countries, and finally the pastor was arrested before the burning. How many protests will there be now over the burning of these Bibles?