Protesters 'celebrate' Portland mayor's birthday with fire in the street

Protesters in Portland gathered outside Democrat mayor Ted Wheeler's apartment Monday night to 'celebrate' his birthday by letting off fireworks and singing 'happy tear gas to you'. 

A fire was lit in the street outside the 58-year-old's apartment block in an upmarket area in the north of the city, as around 200 people gathered while blasting music, sounding horns, banging pots and pans, and playing drums.

Activists - some of whom were carrying balloons and wearing party hats - danced to the Macarena and were heard shouting slogans including 'Black Lives Matter'.

Protesters in Portland gathered outside mayor Ted Wheeler's apartment building on Monday night to 'celebrate' his birthday by starting a fire in the street and letting off fireworks

Protesters in Portland gathered outside mayor Ted Wheeler's apartment building on Monday night to 'celebrate' his birthday by starting a fire in the street and letting off fireworks

Police moved in after looters broke into a business and started a fire in the lobby, which was underneath an occupied apartment building

Police moved in after looters broke into a business and started a fire in the lobby, which was underneath an occupied apartment building

Protesters blared music, let off fireworks, sounded horns and banged drums before officers moved in and dispersed them

Protesters blared music, let off fireworks, sounded horns and banged drums before officers moved in and dispersed them

Police arrived around 11pm after fires were started in the street, declared the scene a riot, and ordered the demonstrators to leave, KOIN reported.

When they refused, officers charged at the crowd and made arrests. It is unclear exactly how many people were arrested. 

Videos showed a trash can and picnic table were set on fire, with other pieces of furniture from outside nearby businesses added to the flames.

Marchers stood nearby holding a large sign that said 'resign'. 

Additional footage showed windows had been smashed at several nearby businesses, including what appeared to be a dentist's office.

The building had also been daubed with graffiti while a small fire had been started in the lobby.

Activists also danced to the 'Macarena' and sang 'Happy tear gas, war crimes Wheeler/Happy tear gas to you,' to the tune of 'Happy Birthday', KATU reported.

Monday marked the 95th consecutive day of demonstrations in Portland, which began after the killing of George Floyd during his arrest in Minneapolis.

Protesters had started gathering in the north of Portland around 8pm before making their way to the mayor's apartment, where fires were lit shortly before 11pm

Protesters had started gathering in the north of Portland around 8pm before making their way to the mayor's apartment, where fires were lit shortly before 11pm

Police arrived on the scene at 11pm, declared the gathering a riot, and were then filmed charging the crowd and making arrests

Police arrived on the scene at 11pm, declared the gathering a riot, and were then filmed charging the crowd and making arrests

Some of the demonstrators carried party balloons and wore birthday hats, while others carried large signs telling the mayor to 'resign'

Some of the demonstrators carried party balloons and wore birthday hats, while others carried large signs telling the mayor to 'resign' 

A man with a megaphone and clutching something in his left hand speaks to the crowd, which had blocked a street in the north of Portland

A man with a megaphone and clutching something in his left hand speaks to the crowd, which had

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