But this leads the the question how do they have so much power, assuming they have any. I just find it hard to believe that mere streethugs with only what amounts to chimp-level tactics and fighting power can have so much power of a major US city. At any time the local or state government could just throw the book at them and it would be the end of it. It's not like these guys have a lot of popular support either. I've seen videos of Rose City Antifa getting taken down by police while regular citizens cheer them on. The mayor's office as to be aware that a crackdown would be welcome by the general populous. I can't think of any reason the chamber of commerce or local elite would not oppose a crackdown either. The only backlash they would get would be a violent protest, which just prove the point.I hear it's often said that Rose City Antifa is to Portland exactly like the Italian Mafia was to Las Vegas in the 60s and 70s, but with what's happened now and they're pretty much the de facto rulers of the city, they've managed to prove those accusations off so eloquently it's not even funny
When the mob ran Vegas, it was largely with finance and blackmail. Threat of violence and actual violence was used, but it wasn't bar fight tier fists or milkshakes that Antifa, it was real break-your-bones or bury-you-in-a-ditch-in-the-desert tier violence. These guys can't even deal with some black guys trying to leave a concert.
This leads to some possibilities . First is the local government is so weak and ineffectual, they don't have the guts to reel in a band of misfits nobody likes just because they dress all scary and like to resist arrest. The second is the local government and establishment is so die hard leftist, they let them ruin the city because they attack mean bad conservatives, ICE, and other people they don't like. This is not unheard of, but that was in college towns that don't have anything to lose. Portland is suppose to be a major city after all. The third one is RSA are up to more than just getting into street fights, most likely involved in the drug trade. They then pay off the government or gather blackmail to let them do what they want (sell drugs, bash fasc) and the police are just told to look the other way or just intervine when things get too out of hand. If they do catch them, they give them a slap on the wrist at most. And finally the RSA maybe allowed to stomp around to diswade people from moving to Portland and keep people away. When you peal back the hipster coat of colorful paint, the city's cultural core is made up of deranged backwoods rednecks with a "go back where ya came from" attitude.
It could be a combination of things. Again, I just find it hard to belivie a whole major US city can be controlled by crass brutes with nothing but the willingness to throw hands. Its like a principle of a grade school being afraid of the gang of schoolyard bullies.