Protester recording BLM/Antifa rioting in Portland is shot in hand as police dismantle ‘autonomous zone’

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A Leftist protester who was taking video of a demonstration reportedly involving Antifa and Black Lives Matter supporters in Portland this week was allegedly shot in the hand in the process.

The videographer whom independent journalist Andy Ngo identified as Arex Johnson was heard narrating the protest and even noted that “they just started shooting at people” when she was hit.

**Warning: Graphic

Soon after she was allegedly struck by a bullet fired from an unknown assailant, the videographer retreated back into the crowd crying and screaming before she was eventually stopped and treated by “street medics.”

The incident is one of the latest acts of violence linked to BLM and Antifa demonstrations in Portland, which has long been a hotbed of Left-wing activism, following the deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta, both black men who died at the hands of white police officers, albeit under entirely different circumstances.

In a separate post, Ngo uploaded video of protesters in Portland draping an American flag over a statue of George Washington before setting it on fire and pulling the statue down, obviously without any police intervention.

He also noted that some demonstrators were allegedly building “another autonomous zone nearby.”

https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1273861696654729217

“Antifa rioters on Sandy Blvd. in Portland draped a US flag over a George Washington statue & set it on fire. They then toppled the statue. ‘Genocidal colonist’ & ‘f— cops’ are sprayed on monument. Rioters have began to build another autonomous zone nearby,” he wrote.

The incident comes after police finally dismantled an ‘autonomous zone’ that had been set up by Leftist protesters in front of Democratic Mayor Ted Wheeler’s residence.

“Hundreds of protesters are filling the block from NW 9th to 10th on Glisan. “Glisan Autonomous Zone” is written in chalk on one side and there are a couple tents. Calling this an occupy protest because their demands weren’t met at the city budget vote and the Mayor lives here,” noted Fox12 reporter Audrey Weil.

One of the demands not met by the city included defunding Portland police by $50 million, but the city council only agreed to a $15 million cut, which is still a lot of money for a department in a city that seems to be in constant turmoil.

BizPac Review reported:

Speaking with KPTV, one of the “protesters” outside Wheeler’s apartment late Wednesday expressed his outrage.

“They obviously are not listening to us,” he whined. “They only cut the budget by 5 percent. That’s not acceptable. I mean, I don’t understand how Ted Wheeler can say that he loves Portland so much but that he’s not out here with us. … We are occupying this space because Ted Wheeler lives here and he’s not listening to his constituents.”

Police had given the occupiers notice to disperse, and when they didn’t, officers moved in the next morning and cleared the area.

“PPB is declaring a civil disturbance and unlawful assembly from NW 11th east to NW Park Ave and NW Irving south to NW Everett St. If you do not live inside a dwelling in this area, leave immediately to the west. If you do not leave you are subject to arrest or use of force,” the Portland Police Bureau announced on social media.

Notably, the autonomous zone and the continued violence in Portland come after Wheeler appeared to excuse earlier rioting following the Floyd incident.

“I wanted to share some of the difficult but necessary conversations I’ve had with friends, colleagues, and partners in our black community. We talked about the moment we are in – that the rioting we are seeing is a direct response to years of systemic injustice,” the Oregon mayor wrote on Twitter May 31.

He also claimed that “the black community” was being put at a growing disadvantage, without citing any evidence, adding “we must center the black community.”

Jon Dougherty

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