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US Portland prepares for right-wing, anti-fascist rallies

15:03  04 august  2018
15:03  04 august  2018 Source:   msn.com

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(AP) - 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. A rally organized Saturday by Patriot

FILE--In this June 30, 2018, file photo, Joey Gibson, left, leader of Patriot Prayer, heads the group's rally in Portland, Ore. Portland is bracing for what could be another round of violent clashes Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, between a right-wing group holding a rally here and self-described anti-fascist counter-protesters who have pledged to keep Patriot Prayer and other affiliated groups out of this ultra-liberal city. (Mark Graves/The Oregonian via AP, file) © The Associated Press FILE--In this June 30, 2018, file photo, Joey Gibson, left, leader of Patriot Prayer, heads the group's rally in Portland, Ore. Portland is bracing for what could be another round of violent clashes Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, between a right-wing group holding a rally here and self-described anti-fascist counter-protesters 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 Patriot Prayer and other affiliated groups out of this ultra-liberal city.

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After right - wing Patriot Prayer marchers clashed with local anti - fascist protesters in a violent brawl in downtown Portland , Oregon, local police have declared a riot. The rally , led by Patriot Prayer founder and Republican US Senate candidate Joey Gibson

(AP) — 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. A rally organized Saturday by Patriot

A rally organized Saturday by Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson was expected to be the third to roil Portland this summer. Two previous events ended in bloody fistfights and riots, and one counterprotester was sent to the hospital with a skull fracture.

This time, Gibson changed the venue from a federal plaza outside U.S. District Court to a waterfront park so some of his Oregon supporters can carry concealed weapons as they demonstrate. Chartered buses will bring participants from Vancouver, Washington — where Gibson lives — to downtown Portland with armed security on board.

The Portland Police Bureau said Friday that protesters should expect to see a significant police presence including bomb-sniffing dogs and checkpoints where weapon screenings will occur.

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It was a battle they’d been preparing for all week; longstanding tensions between anti - fascists and the alt- right were The Trump rally was already expected to attract alt- right figures from out of state Anti - fascists in Portland had planned to hold a self-defense and group tactics seminar Saturday, but

Gibson's insistence on bringing his right-wing supporters repeatedly to this blue city has crystallized a debate about the limits of free speech in an era of stark political division. Patriot Prayer also has held rallies in many other cities around the U.S. West, including Berkeley, California, that have drawn violent reactions.

But the Portland events have taken on outsized significance after a Patriot Prayer sympathizer was charged with fatally stabbing two men who came to the defense of two young black women — one in a hijab — whom the attacker was accused of harassing on a light-rail train in May 2017.

A coalition of community organizations and a group representing more than 50 tribes warned of the potential for even greater violence than previous rallies if participants carry guns. It called on officials to denounce what it called "the racist and sexist violence of Patriot Prayer and Proud Boys" and protect the city.

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4, 2018, between a right - wing group holding a rally here and self-described anti - fascist counter-protesters who have pledged to keep Patriot Prayer and other affiliated groups out of this ultra-liberal city. Image 3 of 3. Portland braces for dueling right - wing , anti - fascist rallies .

Portland is bracing for what could be another round of violent clashes Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, between a right - wing group holding a rally here and self-described anti - fascist counter-protesters who have pledged to keep Patriot Prayer and other affiliated groups out of this ultra-liberal city.

Portland police say they will be checking for weapons to ensure anyone who is armed has an Oregon concealed handgun license.

Gibson, who is running a long-shot campaign to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington state, said in a live video on Facebook earlier this week that he won't stop bringing his followers to Portland until they can express their right-wing views without interference.

"I refuse to do what Portland wants me to do because what Portland wants me to do is to shut up and never show up again. So yeah, I refuse to do that, but I will not stop going in, and I will not stop pushing, and I will not stop marching until the people of Portland realize that and realize that their methods do not work," he said.

FILE--In this June 30, 2018, file photo, the Patriot Prayer group holds a rally and march in Portland, Ore., amid a protest by anti-fascist groups. Portland is bracing for what could be another round of violent clashes Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, between a right-wing group holding a rally here and self-described anti-fascist counter-protesters who have pledged to keep Patriot Prayer and other affiliated groups out of this ultra-liberal city. (Mark Graves/The Oregonian via AP, file) © The Associated Press FILE--In this June 30, 2018, file photo, the Patriot Prayer group holds a rally and march in Portland, Ore., amid a protest by anti-fascist groups. Portland is bracing for what could be another round of violent clashes Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, between a right-wing group holding a rally here and self-described anti-fascist counter-protesters who have pledged to keep Patriot Prayer and other affiliated groups out of this ultra-liberal city. (Mark Graves/The Oregonian via AP, file)

Self-described anti-fascists — or "antifa" — have been organizing anonymously online to confront Patriot Prayer and an affiliated group, the Proud Boys, in the streets.

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  The Latest: Police criticized for handling of protest The Latest on protests in Portland, Oregon (all times local):6 p.m. SundayPortland police were accused Sunday of being heavy-handed against people protesting a rally by extreme-right demonstrators, reportedly injuring some counter-protesters and prompting the city's new police chief to order a review of officers' use of force.Police in riot gear tried to keep the two groups apart, many of whom had come on Saturday dressed for battle in helmets and protective clothing. Dozens of the extreme-right protesters were bussed to Portland, one of America's most liberal cities, from nearby Vancouver, Washington.

4, 2018, between a right - wing group holding a rally here and self-described anti - fascist counter-protesters who have pledged to keep Patriot Prayer and other affiliated groups out of this ultra-liberal city. Image 3 of 3. Portland braces for dueling right - wing , anti - fascist rallies .

4, 2018, between a right - wing group holding a rally here and self-described anti - fascist counter-protesters who have pledged to keep Patriot Prayer and other affiliated groups out of this ultra-liberal city. Image 3 of 3. Portland braces for dueling right - wing , anti - fascist rallies .

A broader counterprotest organized by a coalition of labor unions, immigrant rights groups and artists also will gather at City Hall before the Patriot Prayer rally. Organizers say that while Patriot Prayer denies being a white supremacist group, it affiliates itself with known white supremacists, white nationalists and neo-Nazi gangs.

"Patriot Prayer is continuing to commit violence in our city, and their events are becoming more and more violent," said Effie Baum of Pop Mob, a coalition of community groups organizing the counterdemonstration. "Leaving them a small group to attack in the streets is only going to allow them to perpetuate their violence."

Dueling protests a month ago ended with Portland police declaring a riot and arresting four people. A similar Patriot Prayer event on June 4 devolved into fistfights and assaults by both sides as police struggled to keep the groups apart.

The man charged in last year's light-rail stabbing deaths, Jeremy Christian, was filmed making the Nazi salute at a Patriot Prayer rally a month before the killings.

Christian, who has pleaded not guilty, later told investigators he was not motivated by racism but was drunk and wanted to "do his free speech thing" when he shouted racist and anti-immigrant slurs on the light-trail train before the stabbings.

In the aftermath, Gibson organized a pro-President Donald Trump free speech rally that attracted thousands from both sides to downtown Portland. The ensuing chaos shut down much of the city's core and police arrested more than a dozen people amid widespread fighting.

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