Demonstrators shattered windows and graffitied the exterior of the Multnomah County Democrats headquarters in Northeast Portland late Sunday.

A group gathered at Laurelhurst Park before marching to the building on Northeast Sandy Boulevard. Images from the scene showed the building was tagged with expletives directed at President-elect Joe Biden and the phrase “no presidents.”

The event was promoted as being “in solidarity” with the racial justice protests that have erupted in recent months, but its target and slogans suggested a more squarely antigovernment stance, as well as left-wing dissatisfaction with the Democratic Party.

Early Monday morning, police said the group quickly fled the scene of the vandalism, but three people were arrested on suspicion of criminal mischief.

Earlier in the day, the Democratic Party of Oregon’s headquarters in Northeast Portland also was spray painted with the word “shame” and an antifascist logo.

The demonstration came a day after the result of the presidential election became clear and hours after Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, withdrew her order placing Portland protest response under the joint command of the Oregon State Police and the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office. The emergency order was issued in anticipation of potentially violent mass demonstrations in the days after the election.

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