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Rose City Antifa is one of the nation's oldest active antifa groups. Members rarely give interviews, but two who say they are part of antifa agreed to speak to "Nightline" as the situation in their city of Portland, Oregon, has become a prolonged and destructive stalemate.

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Rose City Antifa members "Milo" and "Ace" use pseudonyms and they asked that their faces and voices be obscured for this report. Much of the blame for the chaos, property damage and violence over the last year have landed on the self-described anti-racist, anti-facist far left organizers. The black-clad coterie entrenched in the city's protest movement now find themselves in a tense showdown with city officials. But to see some of the violent acts like the Molotov cocktails and some of the things thrown at officers has been really new to us," Portland's Police Chief Chuck Lovell told "Nightline.

Amid the back and forth, Portland residents are left drained from the conflict and are increasingly decrying the property destruction thought to be perpetuated by antifa. I feel frustrated that small businesses really aren't able to be successful during this time, especially in the state of Oregon. Antifa claims they're defending their city not only against heavy-handed police tactics, but also from threats from far right extremists, groups like the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers -- leading to fierce standoffs.

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They've received a sharp rebuke from the mayor, who is asking residents to help take back their city and be the eyes and ears of the Portland Police bureau. And they're all dressed in all black. Our job is to unmask them, arrest them and prosecute them," Wheeler said at a video conference. Individuals claiming to be antifa released a chilling video last week, containing a seemingly veiled threat against Mayor Wheeler and publicized his home address. He has made it abundantly clear that windows to him are more important than human lives," an unidentified voice in the video said.

Blood is already on your hands, Ted. But next time, it may just be your own.

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Neither Milo nor Ace say they know anything about that video to the mayor and defended their role within the community. We do not bring that fight. But we will meet it if it comes to us. The group has become a lightning rod for controversy. They became known at the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in when an man punched white nationalist Richard Spencer during an interview. Despite their notoriety, the group sees their fight as a moral and just one. Milo and Ace say they practice community organizing and empowerment, which includes publicly outing alleged fascists and other dangerous elements.

Many here, including some exhausted business owners, seem increasingly receptive to the mayor's tough talk. Like, why are you even doing this? Margaret Carter's legacy of public service runs deep in Portland.

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She served as the first Black woman in the Portland state senate. She sympathizes with protesters, but is pained by their destructive tactics. My voice has always been out there, but never, never did we create violence," Carter said. Self-styled citizen journalist Garrison Davis has been reporting on Portland's front lines over the past year. He's witnessed sympathies waning for destructive tactics of some protesters.

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