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Portland Mayor authorizes ‘all lawful means’ to clear protesters from occupied area

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Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said Tuesday that he was authorizing the Portland police to use “all lawful means” to end an illegal occupation at a home in the city.

The occupation has been ongoing for months as protestors rally against the eviction of a Black and Indigenous family, according to reports.

“I am authorizing the Portland Police to use all lawful means to end the illegal occupation on North Mississippi Avenue and to hold those violating our community’s laws accountable. There will be no autonomous zone in Portland.” Wheeler wrote on Twitter Tuesday night.

“There was a lengthy, thorough judicial proceeding resulting in a lawful judge’s order to evict people illegally occupying a home. Multnomah County chose the time, place and manner of the eviction and Portland Police provided support,” he continued.

“It’s time for the encampment and occupation to end. There are many ways to protest and work toward needed reform. Illegally occupying private property, openly carrying weapons, threatening and intimidating people are not among them.”

Portland police officers said they joined the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office at 5 a.m. Tuesday in a “property mission” to return private property and “re-secure a home in which the occupants were previously ordered removed by court order,” according to Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Law enforcement officers arrested at least seven people Tuesday before protesters outside the home prevented law enforcement from entering the area.

By Tuesday evening, more than 100 protesters had gathered outside the home, which has come to be known as “The Red House on Mississippi,” and barricaded the surrounding streets.

Wheeler then announced that Portland police could use all lawful means to end the occupation.

According to RedHouseOnMississippi.com, the house was foreclosed in 2018. It has belonged to the Kinney family for 65 years. Their home was reportedly sold to a developer, Roman Ozeruga of Urban Housing Development. Urban Housing Development attempted to evict the Kinneys when it first got the deed, but the eviction was stalled by the Kinneys’ federal complaint and a state counterclaim.

A Multnomah County Judge authorized the Kinney family eviction in September.

Since then, demonstrators have worked to put up a “24/7 eviction blockade” around the home.

An online fundraiser for the group has raised more than $40,000.

Most of the people arrested Tuesday face trespassing charges. One individual was also charged with resisting arrest, according to reports.

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Chinese Spy Balloon: Tensions rise between the U.S. and China

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A strange object was spotted Wednesday over Billings Montana. The Pentagon confirmed Thursday that the strange object was, in fact, a Chinese spy balloon. According to a report from KPAX, a western Montana news outlet, the balloon had been on the governments radar for days.

On Friday, the Chinese government released a statement saying that the balloon spotted in Billings is a “civilian airship” that’s sole purpose is used to collect research on weather and that it had just blown off course. The balloon was not shot down by orders of the Pentagon due to the risk of falling debris injuring people on the ground.

Sara Carter, who has spoken frequently on the Chinese government’s threat and expansion to the West, stated on Twitter that the United States has failed to stop China from purchasing land near military installations, vital agricultural land, as well as, allowing Chinese linked companies, such as Huawei, to install technology in cellular towers. Those cellular towers are located in Montana, along side more than 150 ICBM nuclear silos.

China said, “The Chinese side regrets the unintended entry of the airship into U.S. airspace due to force majeure.” Majeure meaning that it was out of there control. It blew off course due to limited “self-steering” capabilities according the Ministry. The ministry also stated that the balloon, “deviated far from its planned course.”

This incident is adding fuel to the fire of what is already a tense relationship between the worlds two largest economies. China already lays claim to approximately 80% of the South China Sea, and is seeking full control over Taiwan after assuming full control of Hong Kong. China’s belt and road initiative has invested copious amounts of money into building infrastructure in other countries and uses it as economic blackmail. China’s transportation of fentanyl into Mexico is yet again another example of how they are seeking to damage the US.

Is this just a weather ballon that blew off course? US officials at the White House seem to be unconvinced and will continue to monitor the balloon, as reported.

UPDATED: Statement from the Pentagon was jaw dropping when a reporter asked if the public has a right to know about Beijing’s balloon.

“The public certainly has the ability to look up in the sky and see where the balloon is,” a DOD official responded.

 

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