Owner of Portland ‘Red House’ speaks out as protests enter Day 4

Owner of Portland ‘Red House’ speaks out as protests enter Day 4

PORTLAND, OR – DECEMBER 09: Layers of chainlink fence and wood block the entry to the Red House on Mississippi Street on December 9, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. Police and protesters clashed during an attempted eviction Tuesday morning, leading protesters to establish a barricade around the Red House. (Photo by Nathan Howard/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 3:05 PM PT – Saturday, December 12, 2020

The owner of Portland’s ‘Red House on Mississippi’ spoke out as protests surrounding the property became increasingly violent.

In a statement on Tuesday, 33-year-old Roman Ozeruga said he would be willing to sell the property back to the Kinney’s at cost.

PORTLAND, OR – DECEMBER 09: Protesters plan their next action while standing around a fire near the Red House on Mississippi Street on December 9, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. Police and protesters clashed during an attempted eviction Tuesday morning, leading protesters to establish a barricade around the Red House. (Photo by Nathan Howard/Getty Images)

He bought it at a foreclosure sale in 2018 for roughly $200,000, but recent attempts to evict the Kinney’s, a black and indigenous family, sparked four consecutive days of unrest.

Sources said the protesters have started stockpiling weapons, which caused local police to step in. Portland Police said they will enforce the law and use force, if necessary, to restore order to the neighborhood.

In the meantime, Ozeruga reiterated that he is a small-town developer and is not looking to cause any harm. He told reporters he is open to listening to ways to prevent violence that would benefit both the neighborhood and community.

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