Portland protesters making their own ‘Autonomous Zone’ calling CLAT
Dozens of tents and barricades began to be built near the federal courthouse in Portland on Wednesday morning. According to the protesters themselves, they want to repeat the same thing that was in Seattle. At the moment, the Pacific Northwest Youth Liberation Front, who want to protect indigenous peoples and therefore created the Chinook Land Autonomous Territory (CLAT), was the organizer of the uprising.
A few hours later, when the CLAT began to expand and “capture new territories”, police officers arrived at the scene and tried to remove the barricades, but they were met by aggressive protesters.
A fight broke out between the police and the CLAT fighters. Activists, including anti-fascists, began throwing bottles and stones, and the police used pepper spray and batons in response. The forces were unequal, the officers retreated, and the protesters restored the barricade.
Antifa in Portland set up walls and barriers in the street outside the federal courthouse to claim their own autonomous zone, calling it “CLAT” for “Chinook Land Autonomous Territory.” pic.twitter.com/ntQQPfCZAR— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) July 15, 2020
As it turned out later, the things and equipment that make up the barriers belong to people who are not related to riots. In fact, this is stolen equipment.
Overnight antifa occupied the street outside the Portland federal courthouse using stolen construction equipment and kitchen appliances. They named the occupation the “Chinook Land Autonomous Territory,” or CLAT. pic.twitter.com/wS89M0F9S5— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) July 15, 2020
In the evening hours of Tuesday, July 14, 2020, a group of a couple hundred demonstrators gathered at Revolution Hall in Southeast Portland and marched all throughout downtown Portland before ending their march at Pioneer Square. After a few speeches, some demonstrators left Pioneer Square and headed to the Justice Center while the others left the area, says Portland Department of Police official statement.