An unofficial Twitter page attributed to a group of anti-capitalist, anti-fascist teens who call themselves the Pacific Northwest Youth Liberation Front said protesters want to establish the Chinook Land Autonomous Territory, or CLAT, in downtown Portland. The Chinook people include several indigenous groups native to the Pacific Northwest.
Portland protesters early Wednesday began to set up tents in the park near the federal courthouse and have barricaded streets to create their own autonomous zone, likened to the since disbanded Capitol Hill Occupied Protest in Seattle.
Demonstrators began erecting tents in downtown Portland’s Lownsdale Square, across the street from the federal Pioneer Courthouse, one of the federal properties Homeland Security sought to protect by bringing federal officers into the city two weeks ago.
They used stolen things to create the walls around their so-called autonomous zone.
Overnight antifa occupied the street outside the Portland federal courthouse using stolen construction equipment and kitchen appliances. They named the occupation the “Chinook Land Autonomous Territory,” or CLAT. pic.twitter.com/wS89M0F9S5
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) July 15, 2020
Around 1 a.m., demonstrators “in an organized effort” left the barricades and walked to the Central Precinct “in an attempt to disrupt officers as they walked in from the end of their shift,” the police statement said. At that time, officers removed some of the barricades at Southwest 3rd Avenue and Southwest Salmon Street. But demonstrators then began returning to the area and “officers disengaged.”
Things escalated even more last night as rioters threatened to attack a federal officer who lowered his less-lethal weapon and drew a real gun on the mob!
Video from the incident below:
— mike smith (@MikeBlueHair) July 16, 2020
While a fed pulled out real aggressive he pulled a gun on us and scanned with it. Watch this shit. He almost hit someone. #PDXprotest #pdXprotests #portlandprotest #portlandprotests pic.twitter.com/1rS9H6Nksk
— Proud Bulba (@ProudBulba) July 16, 2020
Do you think that the federal officer did the right decision by pulling out his gun?
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