Portland’s mayor extends state of emergency amid Antifa, BLM terror after Chauvin trial

PORTLAND, OR - APRIL 20: Portland police stand guard as tensions rise with a small group of protesters on April 20, 2021 in Portland, United States. Former police officer Derek Chauvin was on trial on second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges in the death of George Floyd May 25, 2020. After video was released of then-officer Chauvin kneeling on Floyds neck for nine minutes and twenty-nine seconds, protests broke out across the U.S. and around the world. The jury found Chauvin guilty on all three charges. ( Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

PORTLAND, OR – APRIL 20: Portland police stand guard as tensions rise with a small group of protesters on April 20, 2021 in Portland, United States. ( Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

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Portland, Oregon has been shut down amid ongoing violence by terror groups Antifa and BLM. On Wednesday, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler extended the emergency declaration for an additional 24 hours.

PORTLAND, OR - APRIL 17: Protesters watch a structure fire, set following the police shooting of a homeless man on April 17, 2021 in Portland, Oregon. The shooting comes amid heightened tensions between police and activists as the country awaits a verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin. (Photo by Nathan Howard/Getty Images)

PORTLAND, OR – APRIL 17. (Photo by Nathan Howard/Getty Images)

This came after businesses were left vandalized and police were assaulted following the trial of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin. On Monday, video footage showed shattered windows at two Starbucks stores and a dumpster lit on fire — among other things — while at least one police officer was attacked.

Although tensions remain high, one community faith leader has pleaded for peace and unity.

“I call upon those who continue to march, but march nonviolently,” Portland Rev. Leroy Haynes said. “Nonviolence is the most powerful force in the universe and we can transform our nation.”

Portland Police have made two arrests so far, but violence in the streets is hardly showing any signs of letting up. Meanwhile, the mayor’s emergency powers allow him to shut down streets and to declare a city-wide curfew.

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