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Antifa warns visitors not to film ‘autonomous zone’, threatens ‘unwelcome’ guests

Portland’s Antifa protesters are now warning onlookers and the media not to video their “autonomous zone.” The area was put in place to reclaim a house where a Black family was evicted.

An occupation protest in Portland meant to prevent the eviction of a Black and Indigenous family has entered into its third day on Thursday, as Antifa members in black and wearing ski masks continued to fortify makeshift barriers blocking several city blocks around the so-called “Red House.”

The armed occupation surrounding the “Red House on Mississippi” warned off those wanting a peek, telling them not to enter the sealed-off streets surrounding the Kinney family home in a threatening post on Twitter.

“The space at the Red House is an active eviction blockade. If you enter that space not to defend the Kinney family, but to livestream or film the risks that others are taking for your personal gain, then you are a guest. If you aren’t respectful, you will be an unwelcome one,” the PNW Youth Liberation Front, a group of Antifa social justice activists, tweeted Thursday morning.

The group has organized protests over the police killing of George Floyd and has claimed video footage has led to demonstrators being targeted by law enforcement officials. They call videos “dangerous” for occupiers. In their own words: “Our goal is to empower students and youth to use their voices to fight for change in our country, we stand against capitalism, authoritarianism and pointless neo-liberalism.”

“Respect means getting people’s explicit individual consent before filming them in any way, showing them what footage you’ve taken when asked, and deleting footage you’re asked to delete. Anyone who won’t respect basic consent is a f–king creep, and a danger to the community here,” they tweeted.

“These aren’t rules. There’s no authority to punish people who insist on being creepy a-holes. There’s also no authority to protect creepy camera-wielding a-holes from the folk they creeping on. Respecting people is cool because its both basic decency and a way to not get hit.”

The profane aggressive tweets emerged after Portland’s mayor, Ted Wheeler, authorized police to “use all lawful means” to end the violent occupation Tuesday.

At least 13 people were arrested but police ultimately fled the scene after clashes with protesters. In effect, condoning another ‘CHAZ’-like sequel.

The Kinneys had lived in the gentrified, historically Black neighborhood for decades before they lost their home to foreclosure.

Now, the real estate developer at the center of the controversy is discussing selling the home back after protests have exploded around the area. Roman Ozeruga, 33, bought the house, which is located on Mississippi Ave. in North Portland, through a foreclosure sale in 2018 for $260,000 while private land next door is valued at more than $10 million.

“We are a small family business, we don’t seek to hurt anyone, of course,” said Ozeruga, the co-owner of Urban Housing Development LLC. “We’re overwhelmed by the attention to this. We’ve already offered to sell back the property at cost because, of course, we’ve paid taxes, legal fees, bank fees, etc.”

Ozeruga added that he’s been in touch with Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler’s office.

“We appreciate the opportunity to listen to what people have to say,” Ozeruga said in a statement. “We are very much open to listen to proposals that can de-escalate and prevent violence that would benefit the neighborhood & community.”

“Those occupying privately and city-owned properties have stockpiled weapons, assigned armed guards, attacked journalists, and spray-painted messages threatening to kill officers,” the Portland Police Bureau said in an update Wednesday. “Individuals have threatened and assaulted people and their actions indicate the intent to continue to do harm to the community,” police said.

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