Rioters trying to stop a woman driving in Portland, Oregon Sunday evening were met with defiance as she decried their use of violence on the streets and refused to turn around.
Unrest in Portland has continued for over 100 days, with riots being declared by police officials 27 times as of August 31. Late Sunday evening, a group blockaded a road near one of the police precincts in Portland, stopping at least one woman in her car and demanding she turn around, according to independent journalist Brendan Gutenschwager.
“Move! Get out of the way!” the woman yelled at the crowd blocking her car.
“Get out of the way! You setting fires in the street? No, that’s violence,” she added after one person said that it was “a non-violent protest.” “That’s violence! Get out of my way! Get out of my way!”
— Brendan Gutenschwager (@BGOnTheScene) September 7, 2020
The driver continued to argue with people blocking her car, and at least one individual could be heard yelling at her to turn around. The woman, who is black, then accused someone in the crowd of calling her a “fucking n****r bitch” and denials could be heard.
“You don’t want no race war out here!” the woman yelled as people in the crowd, who were directly up against her car, demanded she “stop pushing” them with it. (RELATED: Ted Wheeler Warns Protesters They Might Re-Elect Trump If They Keep Trying To Murder Cops)
“That’s the problem now, it’s a communication issue,” the driver said as she exited the vehicle. “I’m not pushing you with my goddamn car! I’m not pushing you with my goddamn car, if I was pushing you with my car you’d be ran the fuck over!”
At least one man was seen in the video trying to keep the crowd and the woman separated and another person could be heard telling those in front of her car to “deescalate.” The crowd blocking her vehicle was then ordered to allow her to pass, and the woman got back inside and drove off.