Things are getting downright uncivil in Portland, Oregon as of late, as a number of far-left radicals has created yet another “autonomous zone” in the city.
This has been the hot new trend in protests over the course of the last year, with catchy-named areas being cordoned off by protesters, and declared to be “autonomous” from their surroundings. Often, the police and city officials will let the kids play for a few weeks until things get heated, and then they’ll roll up a few dumpsters and abruptly dismantle these shanty-towns.
In Portland this week, however, the protesters have taken a page out of the military’s book, and the situation is beginning to look fairly serious.
Radical leftists erected warzone-syle barricades to block Portland, Oregon, police from enforcing an eviction order on the occupants of what is known as “the Red House on Mississippi.” The barricade is at least three blocks wide and in some places consists of a six-layer fence and barricade.
Portland’s Democrat Mayor Ted Wheeler, recently re-elected in a runoff election, promised to restore order and pledged, “There will be no autonomous zone in Portland.”
Two days later the leftists continued to illegally occupy the newly established autonomous zone and expanded it to its now three-block diameter. Portland Police Bureau Chief Chuck Lovell said his department was aware of a “stockpile of weapons” and the “presence of firearms.”
Photos from the scene were soon circulating on social media.
The antifa autonomous zone in Portland now has at least six barriers. The trespassers they are protecting at the “Red House” has received over $300,000 in donations even though they own a second house. Photo: Oregonian pic.twitter.com/91TO2kW1me
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) December 13, 2020
Activists are at the Red House on Mississippi Ave to stop the eviction of a Black family during a pandemic.
They have repelled a wave of police, but need support. If you can, get down there, and bring supplies.
I will update this thread with specific aid requests. pic.twitter.com/XvUrklbFiG
— AntiFash 🎄”Deck the Heils”🎄Gordon (@AntiFashGordon) December 8, 2020
Went to the Portland #RedHouse thing today. One of the most peculiar things I’ve ever seen. Several north Portland blocks barricaded in an autonomous zone-like manner. Feel bad for the folks living in the neighborhood who get caught up in all of this.
City needs to clean it up. pic.twitter.com/xviAZGgay8
— Ben Snead (@realbensnead) December 10, 2020
These stunts, which have occurred in Seattle, Portland, and briefly in Washington DC, have irked President Trump to no end, and prompted the Commander in Chief to chastise the mayors of these cities over their inability to hold their own streets.
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