Far right in Portland, anti-fascist demonstrators gathered
A rally by far-right groups was struck Saturday by a major counter-demonstration in Portland, Oregon.
Fears that the showdown would become violent led some downtown businesses to close and led to a massive police presence.
According to Tina Jones of the Portland Police Bureau, at least four people were arrested .
The duel demonstrations attracted nationwide attention, including from
President Donald Trump, who had previously tweeted Regarding self-described antifascists, some of whom are collectively known as Antifa, Saturday will see the mention of ANTIFA as Considered "ORGANIZATION OF TERROR". Portland is being watched very closely. Hopefully, the mayor can do his job properly! " On Saturday, demonstrators in Portland will face them. Portland police tweeted about 30 minutes after protests started at 11:00 am to protect people's right to freedom of expression.
"PPB and our partners are here to protect everyone's safety while facilitating everyone's right to change in collecting and speaking. It is the foundation of our democracy and vital to Portland's identity.
The police tweeted .
Officials tried to keep the opposing groups apart, and nearly an hour after the demonstrations began, the police said they had confiscated their weapons, including bear spray, shields, and poles.
The authorities also received reports of persons carrying weapons and wearing protective gear to infiltrate enemy groups in several locations.
The far-right demonstration was organized by members of the Proud Boys, whose founder called it a "fraternal organization" for young "western chauvinist" men. The aim of the so-called "End Domestic Terrorism" rally is to get Antifa as a domestic terrorist organization.
Members of the Proud Boys and other right-wing protesters march during a demonstration on the Hawthorne Bridge Rally in Portland, Oregon, on August 17, 2019. The group consists of organizer Joe Biggs (center with green hat) and the chairman of the Proud Boys, Enrique Tarrio (with megaphone). Noah Berger / AP
The rally, Skyler, told MSNBC that it wanted to "show that the extreme right has no place in America."
Police cooperated with
dozens of other local, state and federal authorities Maintain control over the demonstrations.
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