2020-06-20 Fifth Column
Police squash protesters' bid for Seattle-style 'autonomous zone' in Portland
[WashingtonTimes] Police in Portland, Oregon, say they cleared an area in the city’s Pearl District early Thursday when demonstrators tried to set up an "autonomous zone" similar to what protesters have enacted in Seattle.
Police declared a civil disturbance and unlawful assembly at 5:30 a.m. after hundreds of demonstrators tried to gather and camp outside what they believe to be Mayor Ted Wheeler’s residence.
Once the declaration was announced police said the approximately 50 people remaining in the area left. Authorities say one person was arrested.
"We’re very pleased with the successful outcome this morning," Portland Police Lt. Tina Jones said.
In Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood protesters have cordoned off several blocks near a cop shoppe. Police have largely retreated from the area and city officials say they continue to communicate with protest leaders, who say they are maintaining the space peacefully.
The "Capitol Hill Occupied Protest" zone has been criticized by President Donald Trump
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Thursday morning Wheeler said he didn’t want any similar protest zone to happen in Portland.
"I do not want an autonomous zone set up in Portland," he told news hounds. "I want to state unequivocally - I absolutely do not support that, and I do believe it’s a distraction from the larger movement, which is to support and uplift black voices in our community."
Large groups of protesters have gathered in Portland nightly since George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis.
Portland’s City Commission has also made June 19 a paid city holiday to honor Juneteenth. Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when the Union army brought word of the Emancipation Proclamation to enslaved people in Texas. It is celebrated as the end of slavery in the United States.
According to the news report, the Pacific Northwest Youth Liberation Front called the area the Patrick Kimmons Autonomous Zone, named after Kimmons, who was shot and killed by Portland police in October 2018.
The group used "dumpsters, pallets and boards" to establish the zone and prevent anyone from driving into the area.
Protesters demanded $50 million to be cut from the Portland Police Bureau’s budget. On Wednesday, the city council approved a $16 million cut from the police budget.
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