Written with contribution from Sheriff David Clarke
Portland Antifa has set up their very own “autonomous zone” around a home that is under foreclosure with the professed aim of preventing the family residing within from being evicted.
Now, it is being reported, the radicals who have established the two-square-block zone around the “Red House” are patrolling their new utopia with armed guards.
Speaking with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight this week, Seattle-based talk show host Jason Rantz explained the history of the “Red House.”
“The family is black and indigenous and so the primarily white Antifa residents believe that this is an example of gentrification,” Rantz explained.
“There’s no actual evidence that this is gentrification, however, there is a lot of evidence that there’s been a lot of crime going on as the folks refuse to leave,” he continued.
“Cops [on 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,” Rantz said.
According to OregonLive as reported by BizPac Review, there are currently no police near the zone. However, far-left Mayor Ted Wheeler, who also serves as the city’s police commissioner has instructed the department to “use all lawful means to end the illegal occupation” of the area.
Sounds promising, but looking at Wheeler’s history of leading his city’s police force doesn’t inspire much confidence this will be dealt with appropriately all the same.
Nonetheless, Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell wrote on Twitter that, “Portland police will enforce the law and use force if necessary to restore order to the neighborhood.”
“We want a peaceful & safe resolution to the occupation of public space on N Mississippi Ave. 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,” he added.
“Our goal is for this to resolve peacefully to increase safety for all involved. I encourage those involved to reach out to our demonstration liaisons so we can discuss a peaceful outcome.”
In a video message directed to the radicals in the “autonomous” zone, Lovell said, “Leave it behind. Put down your weapons and allow the community to return to order.”
Rantz expects that police may soon step up their response. Don’t hold your breath. Portland police commanders have been threatening law and order since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May. The anarchists have demonstrated more will and more resolve than the Portland police. They have not been shown the fear of God or police.
“[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,” he told Carlson.
The “Red House” was built in 1896 and has been in the Kinney family for about 60 years.
Rantz is correct that there’s no evidence that the impending eviction has anything to do with racism, colonialism, or gentrification, and everything to do with the owner simply making bad decisions.
Like every one of the phantom claims made by these clowns.
The home in question was built in 1896 and belonged to the Kinney family for about 60 years, beginning in the 1950s, OregonLive reported.
However, a criminal case involving William Kinney III, a son of the former owners, led to financial problems and the home’s foreclosure and eventual sale.
In 2002, then-17-year-old Kinney pleaded guilty to felony hit-and-run as well as third-degree assault and the juvenile equivalent of criminally negligent homicide after causing death to 83-year-old Frederick Goetz while seriously injuring his wife, Ann.
At the time of the crash Kinney, who now goes by William X. Nietzche was driving even though his permit had been suspended.
He was arrested at the property on a trespassing charge on Tuesday morning after Multnomah County sheriff’s deputies and Portland police arrived to let contractors put up a fence and board up the house.
The Antifa occupants have since dismantled the fence.
OK, Chief Lovell. The next move is yours.