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The mayor of Portland extended a state of emergency for the city through this weekend in an attempt to curtail potential violence and defacement of property. The state of emergency, which gives Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler (D) power to declare a curfew and close public facilities, was first declared on Tuesday, the day of the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial.
"Tonight, the anarchists have called for more destruction," Wheeler said at a news conference on Friday afternoon. "I've directed the police bureau to arrest and engage illegal activity whenever they can safely do so."
Wheeler also threatened anyone committing destruction in Oregon's biggest city, and declared, "Let's make it hurt them a little bit." In his strongest words since the regular George Floyd protests and riots began nearly a year ago, Wheeler finally said he would crack down on Antifa and black bloc extremists who have terrorized the city.
"Our job is to unmask them, arrest them, and prosecute them," Wheeler said during the press conference. "I want to personally thank neighbors, family, friends and others who have come forward with vital evidence. People know who these criminals are. They know what they're up to."
"If you have any information, please contact the police," Wheeler said, as reported by the Post Millennial. "I also want you to know that these people often arrive at their so-called direct actions, in cars. And they're all dressed in all black. If you see this, call the police. If you can provide a license plate, if you can do so safely, that information can help later. Together we can make a stand. We're doing what we can today. I'm also asking for your help to make a stand and take our city back."
"There are ways that our other community partners and institutions can be helpful in making it crystal clear that the city of Portland will not tolerate criminal destruction or violence," Wheeler stated. "Those who are engaged in it, let's make it hurt them a little bit."
Wheeler has been a pushover for the far-left rabble-rousers in Portland, who have staged a sit-in protest inside the lobby of his condo, verbally abused him at a pub, punched the mayor while he was eating dinner at a restaurant, and threw objects at him when he showed up at a protest.
Despite the tough talk, yet another riot was declared in Portland on Friday night.
The Portland Police Bureau noted that "about 75 people mostly dressed in all black, or 'bloc' attire designed to make it difficult for police to identify lawbreakers." Within the first 15 minutes of the planned "autonomous demonstration" there were "reports of broken windows and graffiti" at businesses, including a Moroccan restaurant reportedly owned by an immigrant. A TriMet bus shelter was tagged with the anarchist symbol.
"Some members of the group briefly forced their way into a tavern/restaurant in the 2200 block of Northwest Hoyt Street, then other participants followed them in and pulled them out," the Portland Police said. "A resident who was taking video of the march had a rock thrown through his window."
Two people were arrested.
Last weekend, several stores in Portland were set on fire and vandalized, including large national retailers that donated millions of dollars to social justice campaigns, as well as a church that feeds the homeless.
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Paul Sacca is a staff writer for Blaze News.