Portland protests will keep heat on in 2021, observers say

A flag burns in downtown Portland during a protest.

Portland got its first taste of a year-round protest season in 2020. The forecast for 2021 hardly calls for calm.

Despite Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler's Nov. 4 prediction that a Biden presidency would "take some of the heat off," seasoned observers and dedicated activists say the root causes of the unprecedented unrest are unlikely to abate, no matter who sits in the White House.