(BrightPress.org) – Individuals claiming to promote anarchy set a car on fire in Portland outside of a politician’s home. The vehicle belonged to a family member of Commissioner Rene Gonzalez, who has been harassed by local leftists since announcing his centrist campaign in support of law and order in early 2022.
The 2024 Honda Accord was torched around 1:30 a.m. on Friday, January 12th. No injuries were reported and firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the blaze. The fire department reported evidence that suggests the fire was intentional, and local police are investigating the act as arson.
Gonzalez issued a statement in response to the attack, acknowledging that the brand-new vehicle belonged to a family member. Anarchists took responsibility for the attack on a local blog affiliated with radical left-leaning activism. They called the action “community defense,” and said the fire was caused by the use of a fire starter log.
Police refused to comment as to whether or not the blog post was a component of their investigation.
Gonzalez has been frequently targeted by radical leftists in the Portland area since promoting himself as a law-and-order candidate. His campaign headquarters had its windows shattered multiple times in advance of the 2022 election. Gonzelez took the job from incumbent Jo Ann Hardesty who promoted defunding police.
In the role, Gonzalez has made many decisions unpopular with the radicals living in the area, including prohibiting the city from distributing tents and tarps to the homeless using taxpayer funds.
The anarchists added that the attack should “serve as a warning” to those who oppose their agenda: “Solidarity means attack!”
The attack was dedicated to other anarchists including Manuel Esteban Paez Teran who died during a gunfight with police outside Atlanta during protests and protestor activity affiliated with interrupting the construction of “Cop City,” the nickname given to a training facility for law enforcement currently under construction. They also dedicated the attack to Tyrone Johnson II and Isaac L. Seavey. Seavey was killed by gunfire near a homeless camp in unknown circumstances. Johnson was shot and killed by police on December 27th when the police attempted to arrest him.
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