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One charged after an election night 'black bloc' gathering near the City Council challenger's office was broken up by police.

Portland police broke up a direct-action "anarchist" protest within blocks of City Council candidate Rene Gonzalez's campaign headquarters on the Nov. 8 election night.

The previously unreported incident was disclosed in a Nov. 10 press release from Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announcing the arraignment of Jarrid Bailey Huber.

CONTRIBUTED - The anonymous flyer posted on social media before the 'anarchist' gathering broken up by Portland Police on election night.Gonzalez, a moderate attorney and businessman, defeated incumbent Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, a longtime police critic. An anonymous flyer posted on social media had previously called for a gathering near the Gonzalez headquarters on election night. It called for an "Antifa open house," referring to the far-left protest group is frequently accused of committing vandalism and clashing with police.

Gonzalez said he was aware of the flyer, which appeared to call for vandalism at his headquarters. That could have been a serious problem, Gonzalez said, because he was hosting an election night party that included many children and senior citizens.

"I am very grateful for the actions by the Portland Police Bureau," Gonzalez told the Portland Police Bureau.

According to the release, on election night, "Huber and his associates were allegedly dressed in all black and wore black masks, a tactic referred to as 'black-bloc' which is used by anarchists during direct-action events," They gathered along Southwest Park Avenue, near Gonzalez's headquarters on Southwest 11th Avenue.

According to the release, "Huber and his associates were preparing for a direct-action event and allegedly pushed multiple large dumpsters into the street on Southwest Park Avenue. The dumpsters blocked the roadway in an area near an election night event."

The gathering was broken up by police.

"A Portland Police Bureau officer approached the group in his vehicle after observing the traffic obstruction. The group then allegedly pushed the dumpsters behind the officer's vehicle, blocking the street behind it. The officer exited his vehicle and commanded the group to stop, to which they questioned 'why' and began to walk away. He ordered that they stop again, and they subsequently began to run. Other officers arrived at the scene and effectuated an arrest," the release said.

Huber, 23, was arraigned on disorderly conduct in the second degree and interfering with a peace officer on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022, the release said.

Hardesty has conceded the election to Gonzalez, who will take office on Jan. 1, 2023.

The Gonzalez headquarters was controversial because the campaign rented it from developer Jordan Schnitzer for $250 a month, plus utilities. A judge clear Gonzalez of violating city election campaign finance rules after agreeing that downtown office properties have little value because of crime, vandalism, homelessness and other ongoing problems.

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