WATCH: Portland protesters abandon their own failed, police-free ‘autonomous zone’
Anarchists and protesters in Portland, Oregon, hoping to emulate their brethren in Seattle, have fallen at the first hurdle, or fence, as they abandoned their own improvised “autonomous zone” before it had even been established.
Haphazard, spontaneous construction of the ‘autonomous zone’ began during demonstrations on Wednesday night as protesters erected their own barbed-wire fences, appropriated from city authorities, following sporadic clashes with police.
Fencing just moved across the salmon and 3rd intersection pic.twitter.com/M9LKcKQ4Lg— Blair Stenvick 🏳️🌈 (@BlairStenvick) June 11, 2020
It seems people are figuring this new zone out in real time. Talk about which direction the fence should be going. pic.twitter.com/BI4bHNOKxF— Blair Stenvick 🏳️🌈 (@BlairStenvick) June 11, 2020
Police used stun grenades, rubber bullets and other “crowd control munitions” to try and prevent protesters from destroying and repurposing sections of chain-link fence outside the Multnomah County Justice Center. Last week, a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order blocking police from using tear gas against protesters.
Someone brought down a piece of justice center fence. Flash bangs. pic.twitter.com/rV2hXIoOqB— Blair Stenvick 🏳️🌈 (@BlairStenvick) June 11, 2020
Despite the protesters’ best efforts, however, the line did not hold, and by the early hours of Thursday morning, they had abandoned their dream of setting up another autonomous, police-free zone.
Autonomous zone already almost abandoned. Long live the autonomous zone. pic.twitter.com/pKdGXGtUfB— Tuck Woodstock (@tuckwoodstock) June 11, 2020
The fence, in what was looking briefly like the beginnings of an autonomous zone, is now abanonded. A shorter life than the city hall wall. pic.twitter.com/OjILjPB0CT— Sergio Olmos (@MrOlmos) June 11, 2020
It was the 14th consecutive night of anti-racism and police brutality protests in Portland in the aftermath of George Floyd's death at the hands of the Minneapolis police department.
Thousands of people thronged the city’s parks, bridges and streets with various forms of protest, including a skateboard march.
Since the protests began, Portland has selected a new police chief and Mayor Ted Wheeler has vowed to redirect at least $7 million of police funding to help communities of color, with the final city budget vote to be held Thursday evening.Also on rt.com Warlords and... soy shortages? For Antifa anarchists in Seattle’s Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, revolution ain’t easy
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