Portland’s top newspaper reported Tuesday that after weeks of unrest in the city’s downtown, the “main action” appears to have shifted to neighborhoods just outside the city, prompting residents to post their concerns on various Internet forums
The Oregonian reported that protests in the city are approaching their 80th consecutive night and residents are taking to online platforms like Reddit to post their growing safety concerns.
One poster who apparently lives in the Kenton neighborhood, wrote, “Lots of people worked hard to make our little neighborhood pleasant and to help local businesses stay open. Now it’s trashed. This was not a BLM [Black Lives Matter] protest, this was a tantrum by a bunch of entitled kids.”
Reports indicate that there is some blame directed at police officers for essentially “pushing” the protesters into the area on Saturday night.
Michael Morrill, a longtime resident in Kenton, told KGW 8, “What I saw last night was violence; these people did not care about property. Talk. Work your problems out, and vote. If you don’t like what’s happening vote them out, vote for change, that’s democracy.”
The paper reported that a resident who lives near the police union building said his family is concerned about the protests and is forced to close his windows at night to keep tear gas out. The report said the shift brings “crowds of demonstrators and a heavy police force onto usually quiet nighttime streets.”