An “unlawful assembly” was declared by Portland Police Wednesday night after rioters damaged the ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) building and Portland’s Democratic Party headquarters following President Joe Biden’s inauguration.
At least 8 people were arrested after Portland Police warned that “Criminal conduct may subject you to the use of force, including, but not limited to, crowd control agents and impact weapons.”
The “J20 protest” was an organized protest against President Biden and law enforcement.
According to the Portland Police Bureau, several events were planned in the city hours after Biden was sworn in. About 150 people gathered at Revolution Hall around 2 p.m. and marched to the headquarters of the Democratic Party of Oregon.
Some protestors were seen carrying anti-Biden banners. “We don’t want Biden – We want revenge!” for “Police Murders,” “Imperialist Wars” and “Fascist Massacres,” one poster read.
A Twitter video shows protesters fighting with authorities and attempting to steal a police officer’s bike.
“As officers disengaged, the crowd showed aggression by swarming officers and throwing objects,” Portland Police Sgt. Kevin Allen said. Moreover, authorities said officers had to push people away “with their hands” so they could leave.
Other cities across the country saw unrest on Inauguration Day. Reporters said demonstrators were protesting against President Biden in Denver, Seattle and Columbus, Oh.
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Daily Wire investigation: Italian company may have illegally sold rights to the Vatican’s priceless art
The Daily Wire has been conducting a fascinating investigation into the Vatican Museum’s priceless artwork. “Rights to the Vatican Museums’ priceless trove of art treasures may have been illegally sold without the Holy See’s approval in what one attorney described as a “high-tech heist,” the investigation finds.
An Italian company is allegedly selling the rights to reproduce the Vatican artwork in six-figure deals, while claiming to be working in “collaboration with” the Vatican Museums.
“This scheme is nothing less than a pre-meditated, high-tech heist of world-class treasured art from the Vatican Museums under the disguise of bogus licenses, as if sanctioned by the Vatican,” Sarah Rose Speno, a New York attorney, told The Daily Wire.
The Daily Wire’s report notes that Speno said she stumbled upon the alleged scheme in March when she sought permission to use images of Vatican art for an exhibition by a client.
“We discovered that a large table book had been published with high-resolution images of the interiors of the Vatican, including the Sistine Chapel,” Speno said. “We very much wanted to pursue an opportunity to license these images, as soon as possible.”
Speno contacted Scripta Maneant — the Italian publisher that licensed the photos in the book. Scripta Maneant claimed authority to broker the publishing rights via its “collaboration” with Vatican Museums vice director, Monsignore Paolo Nicolini. Scripta Maneant wanted $550,000 for the rights — with a portion being paid to the Vatican through Nicolini, according to Speno. Although Scripta Maneant claimed the fee would be shared with the Vatican, Speno said she later became suspicious.
“The Scripta Maneant scheme became obvious when the Scripta principals demanded a cash wire in the amount of $82,500 no later than their return from summer holiday in late August,” Speno said. “They said that they would produce Vatican approval for our Italian Renaissance Immersive project ‘if and only if’ the fee were wired to the Scripta bank account they provided. It was at this point that grave suspicion entered my mind.”
Ultimately, Speno said, “we terminated the deal when Scripta could not provide us with documented consent by the Vatican.”
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