Hundreds of far-right demonstrators flocked through downtown Portland on Saturday, and many looked as if they were ready to fight the anti-fascist protesters who had gathered to face them. However, the "potentially dangerous and volatile" situation that the mayor had warned the city seemed to have died down quickly after the Proud Boys and other far-right groups behind the protest reportedly asked the police to join them Leaving the area to help.
Just a few hours after President Trump signaled that he was watching, they quickly parted with the long-awaited defense against the anti-fascist groups – which apparently was wanted by all right-wing extremist parties anyway.
"Take a look at President Trump's Twitter," said Joe Biggs, organizer of the Proud Boys' Protests, to The Oregonian when asked what message the group wanted to convey. "He talked about Portland and said he looks at Antifa, that's all we wanted, we wanted national attention, and we got it, missionary success."
In the tweet, Trump said that "an important consideration "He described Antifa as an" organization of terror. "He added that he was watching the situation in Portland and hoping the mayor could" do his job properly. "
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler responded In an interview with CNN, the engraver said that the president's tweet was "unhelpful."
Noise does not help or support the efforts here in Portland. "
The police confiscated Rally Weapons from several groups, including metal bars, shields and bear spray, but by the late afternoon no major bloodshed had been reported, although some of the far-right Leaders in the run-up to the much-vaunted protest had specifically called for violence. More than 1
At least 13 people were arrested during the day and authorities said sporadic clashes had occurred. The video shows black-clad demonstrators slamming the windows of a bus that was supposed to carry members of the Proud Boys. Shortly after 4:00 pm, the police declared the demonstrations disturbing civilians after crowds blocked the streets.
Tina Jones, Portland Police Department, said at least one person was taken to an area hospital in an ambulance for an injury. although no further details were immediately available.
The Proud Boys had left the demonstration shortly after noon and reportedly asked the police to open a bridge to close during the event so they could get out.
"The Proud Boys contacted us or contacted the units on the grounds that they wanted to leave, so we relieved them of leaving the area," the sheriff's office in Multnomah County, Sgt. Brandon White, told The Oregonian , It was not planned, it was not orchestrated, so we asked them to leave the area, so we made it possible. "
For the right-wing demonstrators, the protest before the weekend had a bad start, and many Biggs said he had been visited by the FBI last week, and apparently in response to this visit he wrote in a Facebook post before the rally: "I would like to thank all participants in the post Saying in Portland Saying "softening rhetoric." "He disappeared from social media before the rally on Saturday.
Also, Joey Gibson, leader of far-right Patriot Prayer group, was arrested on Thursday for a violent clash in Portland in May
Gibson, who was released on bail after his arrest, appeared on Saturday morning at the Portland rally ke America Great Again hat. "I'm just here for the ride," he was quoted as he told The Oregonian .