PORTLAND, Ore. — A metal statue in downtown Portland called the Nightmare Elk, created and funded by Black Lives Matter protesters, went missing last Friday morning.
The statue, stationed downtown at SW Main Street and 3rd Avenue, was erected by protestors to replace the Elk sculpture and fountain removed by city officials after protest related fires in July.
By Saturday, the far-right group Patriot Prayer took credit for the statue’s theft.
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One activist wrote on Twitter the elk "cannot be stolen nor killed in a way that matters."
The "Nightmare Elk" theft came just two days before Sunday night’s “Indigenous Day of Rage” in Portland where the statues of Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt were toppled and destroyed by protesters.