Portland, Oregon, authorities seized bear spray, shields, metal bars and other weapons and arrested them several times in protests involving right-wing groups and Antifa in the city.
Nearly 1,000 police officers have been sent to security and watch the protests of right-wing group Proud Boys in downtown Portland. The police set up barricades and closed roads and bridges to eliminate tensions between opposing groups.
Demonstrators gathered on both sides of the Williamette River. Some members of the Proud Boys waved flags and wore armor and helmets. Supporters of the Antifa wore their black-clad equipment with masks that covered most of their faces.
The police reportedly seized the flagpoles and regarded the objects as weapons, which upset the demonstrators. The officers also walked through the crowd and said over a loudspeaker that demonstrators would be arrested for walking on the street because the rallies were not officially approved.
Military personnel from more than two dozen local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies were called to ensure security at the rally and in various other supporting roles.
The Associated Press reported that at least three people were arrested.
The protests on Saturday had been published weeks in advance of the rally, as Portland has seen a series of demonstrations in recent years that have frequently become violent. The Mayor of Portland, Ted Wheeler, said before the rally that demonstrators who incited hatred or violent behavior were "not welcome".
President Trump tweeted about the Saturday morning protests and wrote, "Portland is being watched very closely, hopefully the mayor will be." able to do his job properly! "