Glass from broken windows fills the foyer at St. André Bessette Church in downtown Portland. (Courtesy St. André Bessette Parish)
Glass from broken windows fills the foyer at St. André Bessette Church in downtown Portland. (Courtesy St. André Bessette Parish)

UPDATED NOV. 6, 9:16 AM

Rioters smashed windows in the doors of St. André Bessette Church in downtown Portland Nov. 4 amid protests over vote counting.

Church staff had papered over the windows by the next morning as homeless people lined up for meals, a daily ministry at the parish.

A joint police commanded declared a riot Wednesday night and Gov. Kate Brown activated the Oregon National Guard as tensions over counting votes rose nationwide. As usual, protests started peacefully in Portland before small fringe groups began riots that damaged and handful of buildings downtown.

Officers arrested 11 alleged rioters.

“Saint André Bessette Church is one of the many buildings that had their windows broken out during this evening’s riot,” said read a tweet from the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office tweeted. “This organization helps those who are homeless, experiencing poverty, mental health issues and substance abuse.”

No graffiti accompanied the damage. It is not clear whether the church was targeted, or just happened to be along the rioters’ path. A clothing store that caters to LGTBQ shoppers also sustained heavy damage.

Holy Cross Father Tom Gaughan, pastor of St. André Bessette, told pastoral center staff that three of the four large windows in the entry doors were destroyed. Contractors were planning to secure the doors and then repair them after protests subside. Archdiocese of Portland insur-ance covers damages beyond a $1,000 deductible.