Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler apparently has finally had enough. For some time he’s let Bolshevik squatters do as they please in his city. They set up so-called autonomous zones and ignored the law. But now, he’s bringing down the hammer. So, interesting. There’s even a point when a Democrat gets fed up.
FNC: “A group of protesters barricaded in Portland, Ore., in and around what’s known as the ‘Red House’ seemed to be setting up for a long fight, a guest told Tucker Carlson on Wednesday night. A group of Antifa activists recently set up an ‘autonomous zone’ in a two-block radius around a house in north Portland that was lost to foreclosure after a two-year battle, guest Jason Rantz, a Seattle radio show host, told Carlson during an appearance on Tucker Carlson Tonight.’
‘There’s no actual evidence that this is gentrification,’ Rantz continued, ‘however there is a lot of evidence that there’s been a lot of crime going on as the folks refuse to leave. Cops [Tuesday] tried to remove them from the home, finally removed them from the home, except they came under assault, the officers, from a lot of people who set up camp there. As they were treated, it ended up giving a lot of room to the Antifa protesters to set up a camp.
‘And right now they are barricaded. They’ve got a stockpile of weapons. They’ve got armed guards. They’ve got a kitchen ready,’ Rantz said, ‘so they’re there for the long haul as the Portland police department are trying to figure out what exactly they’re going to do.
‘But [police] are amplifying the urgency of the messaging, saying, ‘You guys have to leave peacefully, we’re not going to put up with this.’ So we could potentially see action from the police within the next 24 hours.’ ”
And the mayor, this time, is backing them up.
I am authorizing the Portland Police to use all lawful means to end the illegal occupation on North Mississippi Avenue and to hold those violating our community’s laws accountable. There will be no autonomous zone in Portland.
— Mayor Ted Wheeler (@tedwheeler) December 9, 2020
On Wednesday the police chief said this, “We want a peaceful & safe resolution to the occupation of public space on N Mississippi Ave,” Chuck Lovell said. “We are greatly concerned about the fortification of barricades, stockpiling of weapons, armed sentries, attacks on journalists & threats to kill officers in graffiti in this public space.” Expect action soon.