PORTLAND, Ore. – In just over a week, Portland, Oregon’s streets may descend into chaos.

Mayor Ted Wheeler has released a formal statement to the public ahead of the upcoming rallies and protests in hopes that it might help prevent some of the violence.

His message?

It has two main takeaways.

The first: don’t spread hate. Free speech is important to our democracy and cannot be stifled. But attacking another American because you don’t see eye to eye isn’t the answer.

And the second: the police have now been granted permission to use ‘any means necessary’ to maintain order.

Undercover ANTIFA

Antifa has planned a response to free speech rallies in Portland on August 17th.

 

This message is being delivered to the two main groups that will no doubt have an appearance at the August rallies. The only question is whether it will remain peaceful… unlike the past.

On one side, far-right groups like Patriot Prayer and Proud Boys pushing for the importance of free speech. On the other, the far-left masked members of Antifa. 

Chatter on social media has reportedly confirmed that both sides have spoken about carrying weapons during the downtown rally and counter-protest. So police won’t be taking any chances.

Portland braces for war: Mayor grants 'any means necessary' for police to keep control

Members of Antifa face off with Patriot Prayer in the streets. (Twitter – Andy Ngo)

 

For the last few years, we’ve seen countless outbreaks of chaos and violence in the streets as these groups clash. Videos surfaced showing the bloody attacks on journalists, protesters throwing projectiles like bottles and quick-drying cement at police and all out battles between opposing groups.

And until now, the city’s leader has basically told police to stand down.

Officers have literally been forced to stand idly by while these skirmishes turn the city into a battlefield. 

But not this time. This time, police will not only be ready, but are empowered by their mayor, being given the support to fully uphold the law and order of the city.

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Portland braces for war: Mayor grants 'any means necessary' for police to keep control

 

Below is the full statement from Mayor Wheeler:

“The City of Portland has proudly embraced the right to assembly and the right to free speech for generations.

Unfortunately, in recent years, extremists from across the political spectrum have used our city, our home to commit acts of violence while spreading their messages.

We have learned that on August 17th, groups plan on doing the same thing again.

Some, to spread hateful messages.

Some, with the explicit intent to commit violence.

Portland braces for war: Mayor grants 'any means necessary' for police to keep control

A violent protest in Portland leaves open fires in the streets. (Screenshot – YouTube)

 

In these politically-charged times, the stakes couldn’t be higher. This is why I continue to empower and direct the Portland Police Bureau to use whatever means necessary – and amass whatever resources necessary – to ensure public safety and to uphold the law.

This is the city I was born in. It’s the city I was raised in. It’s the city that I love. So hear me when I say this: The people who come to our beautiful city to commit acts of violence – and those who live here intent on doing the same – will be held accountable regardless of their political beliefs.

We have more resources, more partners, more coordination and greater resolve than ever before to back our unified message: Don’t spread hate and enact violence in Portland.

This is our city, this is our home.

Enough.”

 

Reports from last week confirmed that Federal, state and local law enforcement are combining forces in the Oregon city in preparation for what some people are calling a ‘war’ in the streets. 

The Portland Police Bureau released a statement noting that they would be ready for any criminal activity that was being planned.

“Based on publicly-available information, the Bureau is concerned events on August 17 may involve persons interested in participating in criminal activity.”

Chief Danielle Outlaw said that the violence that has previously taken over the streets of the west coast city won’t be tolerated this time around.

“There is concern about the criminal intentions being expressed in the publicly available forums which suggest some attendees plan to engage in violence,” PPB Chief Outlaw said. “We are taking this into account and developing an appropriate plan with adequate resources to prepare for this eventuality…. We will also be doing outreach to provide information to local businesses, residents, and visitors so they will know what to expect and the likely areas to be impacted.”

After seeing numerous violent outbreaks in the city limits of Portland, certain politicians – including the president – are pushing for the FBI to categorize masked Antifa members as domestic terrorists. 

“Antifa are terrorists, violent masked bullies who ‘fight fascism’ with actual fascism, protected by Liberal privilege,” Senator Bill Cassidy recently remarked. “Bullies get their way until someone says no. Elected officials must have courage, not cowardice, to prevent terror.”

The moment a masked antifa person chased a man down the street with a knife was captured on a livestream by right-wing activist Haley Adams. Antifa had come together to patrol the street where the Portland “Border Resistance” training was happening. pic.twitter.com/nXyQlaIZrU

 

He, along with Republican senators Ted Cruz and Bill Cassidy, has condemned the actions of the masked protesters.

“Antifa are terrorists, violent masked bullies who ‘fight fascism’ with actual fascism, protected by Liberal privilege,” Senator Bill Cassidy recently remarked. “Bullies get their way until someone says no. Elected officials must have courage, not cowardice, to prevent terror.”

Cruz called the group hateful, noting that they directly attacked others who share different mindsets or political views, often shutting down free speech.

“Antifa is a group of hateful, intolerant radicals who pursue their unhinged agenda through aggressive violence,” Sen. Cruz said. “Time and time again, their actions have demonstrated that their only purpose is to inflict harm on those who oppose their views. The hate and violence they spread must be stopped, and I am proud to introduce this resolution with Senator Cassidy to properly identify what Antifa are: domestic terrorists.”

Portland, Oregon, thinks of itself as a tolerant progressive city. Yet four weeks after a left-wing mob severely beat journalist Andy Ngo, there have been no arrests or charges for the assault. https://t.co/7sXoVGk0RE

 

Cruz recently asked the FBI to begin investigating Antifa cases similar to how RICO cases are handled. RICO cases look into Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations. 

The FBI responded to Cruz and Cassidy’s statements in which it was noted that the bureau recognizes Antifa more as an ideology rather than a group.

“We have a quite a number though, I should tell you, of properly predicated investigations of what we categorize as anarchist extremists,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said. “People who are trying to commit violent criminal activity that violates federal criminal law and some of those people do subscribe as what we would refer to as a kind of an antifa-like ideology.”

 

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