Disorder is on the menu again in Portland, this time involving a clash between far-left activists and police officers over an eviction.
Referred to the “Battle of the Red House” on social media, the scuffle has so far resulted in over half a dozen arrests and damage to several police vehicles.
This just in. Antifa has barricaded themselves in at a place called the Red House, arming themselves with weapons, after being served an eviction notice. They attacked police and drove them off and now they've set up barricades. pic.twitter.com/H0AqrzGXXc— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) December 8, 2020
In the past few days, activists have gathered behind makeshift barricades to prevent the removal of an “Afro-indigenous” family that owned the home for decades, only for it to be foreclosed upon two years ago.
Now, as police move in to evict, activists have created quite a scene, going so far as to hurl water balloons filled with paint at the officers.
TMZ reported that on Tuesday evening, Mayor Ted Wheeler authorized police to “use all lawful means to end the illegal occupation.”
“There are many ways to protest and work toward needed reform,” he said. “Illegally occupying private property, openly carrying weapons, threatening and intimidating people are not among them.”
Over the past three months, multiple calls have been made regarding the property, including reports of fights, shots fired, burglary, thefts, vandalism, trespassing, threats and illegally blocking traffic.
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