Antifa Blocks Street in Portland; Left Embraces Mob Tactics
A shocking video from October 6th shows Antifa and Black Lives Matter protesters taking over a Portland, Oregon intersection and harassing commuters. In the video, protestors can be seen redirecting traffic, while shouting expletives and racist comments at drivers. Most shockingly, a police officer can be seen observing the situation from the end of the block but never moving to intervene. Troublingly, this is not the first time this year that Antifa has taken over a part of Portland without police intervention.
This week’s video shows demonstrators protesting the fatal shooting by Portland Police of Patrick Kimmons, who was allegedly involved in the gang-related shooting of two people. The demonstrators blocked a busy intersection and began directing traffic to detour around their protest while bullying and intimidating the drivers they are inconveniencing. One especially belligerent protestor can be seen shouting, “You little white little f**ker! You're a f*cking whitey aren't ya?! Get the f*ck down the road!" Then noticing the North Carolina license plate of one drive, the man shouts, “Go back to North Carolina where you came from. We don’t need your KKK in Portland, Oregon!”
The video then shows protestors surrounding and beating on a car while shouting at the elderly driver who is attempting to make his way through the crowd. As the driver makes it through the demonstrators and races down the block, protestors chase after his car and confront the man. Demonstrators previously blockaded an intersection on October 2nd during their week-long protest of the Kimmons shooting. Video from the October 1st protest shows a homeless man heckling the demonstrators, one of whom responds, “You're a white privileged little motherf*cker.” "White privilege?!" the man states, "I live in the f*cking street, woman!"
An August article by Andy Ngo, titled “Anarchy Breaks out in Portland,” describes the Antifa blockade of the Portland ICE office, which also saw little disruption from the Portland Police. On June 19th, an Antifa mob surrounded the Portland ICE office, forcing the evacuation of employees under the protection of federal police after an hours-long siege and the denial of assistance from Portland’s deputy police chief. The Antifa mob then constructed a camp behind the ICE office and for the next 6 weeks harassed federal employees and residents of the neighborhood.
Democrat mayor Ted Wheeler, who also serves as Police Commissioner, expressed his support for the demonstrators tweeting “I do not want the @PortlandPolice to be engaged or sucked into a conflict, particularly from a federal agency that I believe is on the wrong track. If [ICE is] looking for a bailout from this mayor, they are looking in the wrong place.” As this week’s videos show, Antifa’s ability to terrorize the citizens of Portland remains unhindered by city authorities.
This most recent escalation in political militancy coincides with calls from mainstream Democratic politicians for increased incivility and for confronting political opponents “where they work, eat, and sleep.” This week Hillary Clinton stated in a CNN interview, “You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about . . . if we are fortunate enough to win back the House and or the Senate, that’s when civility can start again.” Cory Booker was criticized by Rand Paul for telling activists to “get up in the face of some congress people.” The left likes to talk about “dog whistles,” well these statements are dog whistles for mob tactics.
Meanwhile, the mainstream media continues to gaslight the American people by denying that any of this indicates the adoption of mob tactics on the left or even the very existence of left-wing mobs. Never mind multiple instances of mob rule in Portland, never mind protestors attempting to claw open the doors of the Supreme Court, never mind attempts to prevent conservatives from speaking on college campuses. The mainstream media asserts that these are figments of an imaginary “right-wing conspiracy theory” however, the video evidence abounds. The embrace of mob tactics as seen in Portland, by a left that is opposed to freedom of speech, the right to bear arms, and now due process for the accused, is yet another troubling indicator of the state of “the Resistance.”
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