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Offbeat As far-right marchers and antifa prepare to face off on Saturday, Portland braces for violence

12:35  03 august  2018
12:35  03 august  2018 Source:   msn.com

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The march, organized by Patriot Prayer, a Washington-based far - right outfit with a history of sparking conflict, was met by anti-fascist — antifa — and other-counter protesters. This weekend, Portland is bracing for round two.

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Street fighting between the right-wing and Antifa erupted at a Patriot Prayer march in Portland, Oregon on June 30 © John Rudoff/Sipa-USA/ Street fighting between the right-wing and Antifa erupted at a Patriot Prayer march in Portland, Oregon on June 30

Screams echoed. American flags waved menacingly. Fireworks and flashbang grenades shook the downtown streets. Fists and feet started swinging.

On June 30, as a faceoff between opposite ends of the political spectrum exploded into a street fight, Portland law enforcement jumped into action. The march, organized by Patriot Prayer, a Washington-based far-right outfit with a history of sparking conflict, was met by anti-fascist — antifa — and other-counter protesters. As the clash escalated, the event was declared a riot. Officers in body armor tried to unknot the scuffles. Four people left the scene in ambulances, the Portland Police later said in a statement. Four others left in handcuffs.

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A riot was declared in downtown Portland , Oregon on Saturday evening, as the city's worst protest violence of the Trump era erupted. More than 150

After right -wing Patriot Prayer marchers clashed with local anti-fascist protesters in a violent brawl in downtown Portland , Oregon The rally, led by Patriot Prayer founder and Republican US Senate candidate Joey Gibson, drew more than 150 supporters near Schrunk Plaza on Saturday evening.

But for the march’s organizers, the melee was arguably a success.

“Today was good in terms that we showed that there’s a political move right now to have the police stand down in order to impact free speech in some of these big cities,” Patriot Prayer’s leader Joey Gibson told KOIN. “Portland’s the last city on the West Coast that’s doing that, so we just have to keep hitting it — I don’t see what else to do other than that. We’ll make Portland so ugly in terms of how they allow these protesters to charge us when we have a permit.”

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This weekend, Portland is bracing for round two. Gibson, who is running as a Republican for a U.S. Senate seat from Washington, is planning to hold a “Freedom March” on August 4 at the city’s waterfront, the Portland Mercury reported.

Portland prepares for right-wing, anti-fascist rallies

  Portland prepares for right-wing, anti-fascist rallies Portland, Oregon, is bracing for what could be another round of violent clashes between a right-wing group and self-described anti-fascist counterprotesters who have pledged to keep Patriot Prayer and other affiliated groups out of this ultra-liberal city. (Mark Graves/The Oregonian via AP, file) PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland, Oregon, is bracing for what could be another round of violent clashes between a right-wing group and self-described anti-fascist counterprotesters who have pledged to keep Patri groups out of this ultra-liberal city.

Violence erupted when a small group of masked antifa and anarchists attacked right-wing Their faces hidden behind black bandannas and hoodies, about 100 anarchists and antifa And although the anti-hate and left-wing protesters largely drowned out the smaller clutch of far - right marchers

White nationalists, foreground, clashing on Saturday with counterprotesters In the fight against the far right , antifa has allied itself at times with local clergy Emily Rose Nauert became a symbol of the antifa movement in April when a white nationalist leader punched her in the face during a melee near

It’s shaping up to be a possible tinderbox. Fringe-right media outlets like Alex Jones’s Infowars have promoted the event, and Gibson has reportedly promised that followers from across the country will attend, including members of the Proud Boys, a self-described “western chauvinist” group known for their distinct Fred Perry polo shirts.

“We’ll have people locally showing up from Vancouver, Portland, Hillsboro, California. We have people flying in from Texas and the East Coast,” he told OPB. Some of those attendees will also reportedly by armed, prompting the Southern Poverty Law Center to wonder if this weekend could be “Another Charlottesville?”

In response, local leftist and antifa groups are prepping counter-protests. Once again, Portland could again be the scene of a clash — another illustration of the partisan tears in the current American social fabric.

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‘Patriot Prayer’ group led by Republican Senate candidate Joey Gibson exchanged blows, pepper spray and insults with leftwingers.

Anti-fascist and far - right activists clashed in Portland , Oregon on Saturday night as violence broke out during a march in support of a conservative Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, media reported. Scuffles broke out after anti-fascists pelted marchers from the

Patriot Prayer organizers will be busing followers in from Vancouver, according to Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB.) In a Facebook video posted on June 30 promoting the march, Gibson said armed guards will be on-hand to protect supporters from antifa attacks.

“Everyone should be carrying around guns at all times, especially in our situation,” Gibson said in the video, according to KOIN. “I cannot think of one rally when we didn’t have guns with us . . . Everywhere we go, we have guns.”

According to the Oregonian, Portland’s code does not allow firearms in parks unless the individual carrying has a valid state concealed handgun license. Gibson, a Washington native, told OPB he will not be armed at the event.

Counter-protestors are promising to meet Gibson and his followers head on. A handful of leftist groups have organized a counter action on Facebook, “Resist Patriot Prayer: Violent Alt-Right Bigots Off Our Streets.”

Four groups — Eugene Antifa, Rose City Antifa, RASH NW and Pacific Northwest Anti-Fascist Workers Collective — have banded together for the confrontation.

“We make no apologies for the use of force in keeping our communities safe from the scourge of right-wing violence. Make no mistake, these people are coming here with the intent to harm and threaten people,” the event’s posting states.

“We must be that front line. We may not be muscle bound gym rats, we certainly aren’t the sort of sadistic bullies we are facing, but never the less we have to go out there and be the ones willing to physically protect people already under attack in our communities.”

According to OPB, the Portland Police Bureau is planning to release a statement on how law enforcement plans to handle the rally and counter-protestors on Friday.

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