Nearly three years after BLM-Antifa rioters smashed up and looted Portland's flagship Apple store in honor of George Floyd, the towering metal protective barrier has finally been removed this week. In its place is a permanent polycarbonate wall, unique to Apple in Portland. The individual panels would be cheaper to replace if they were damaged. Apple pledged $100 million USD to BLM-style causes for "racial equity."
Overnight between May 29–30, 2020, the first night of months of far-left rioting in Portland, hundreds of rioters ransacked downtown. I witnessed white Antifa members in black bloc uniforms smash open stores and doors to help black rioters loot.
The Apple store was looted clean, as was the Gucci and dozens of businesses in downtown. The few remaining iPads and devices I saw left behind were damaged in the course of the looting.
Apple boarded up the store with wooden panels for months and invited left-wing artists to make an anti-police BLM mural. As the riots continued into 2021, the building was set on fire between April 16–17, 2021. I chronicle the 2020 riots and far-left uprising in detail in my book, "Unmasked."
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