A rally in Oregon, sponsored by the right-wing group Patriot Prayer, became violent on Saturday as demonstrators collided with anti-fascist protesters opposing the event.
Portland Police said four people were hospitalized for clashes at the rally. One person suffered a serious but not life-threatening injury, while three others did not suffer serious injury, police said.
Four people were arrested in connection with criminal investigations that began before Saturday's protest, police said. 1
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More than 100 demonstrators attended the event in support of the Patriarch's prayer While more than 100 counter-protagonists appeared, the local news channel KOIN 6 reported that members of the Proud Boys, who were hated by the Southern Poverty Law Center, attended the rally. (Patriot Prayer is not referred to by the center as a hounding group.)
Protesters shouted eggs, half-empty bottles of water, and firecrackers at demonstrators right after the demonstration began, right after the protesters began,
According to the newspaper, police fired pepperspray Paintballs in the crowd. Police have also used firecrackers, smoke bombs, and lightning strikes to deter the violence, KOIN 6 reported.
The police denied tear gas during the protest, but said they used "air deflectors"
officials the Department of Homeland Security were also at the demonstration.
Videos shot by reporters showed Patriot Prayer protesters and counter-protesters who attacked each other and rallied in one Series of tweets told the freelance reporter Mike Bivins that counter protests eggs, garbage and stones "rattled" things in demonstrators of Patriot Prayer .
Jason Wilson, author of The Guardian, who reported on the rally, said in a tweet that the confrontation between the groups would be "among the worst acts of violence that I've seen in Portland" and "unfair." Fights "included.
Police reported about abuses, criminal behavior and "projectiles thrown" during the rally. Earlier Saturday, police said they were making "probable cause" arrests and tweeting photos of weapons they seized during the demonstration.
The event, "Freedom and Courage," was organized by Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson, formerly known as Rallies Host The group identified on Facebook as Eugene Antifa – based in Eugene, Oregon – organized the counter-protest that she called "Defend PDX: The Violence of Patriot Prayer Must End". The group also identified Gibson and the Proud Boys as their main opponents.
"It is very important that antifascists keep the pressure so that we can stop them once and for all," it says on a Facebook event page for the counter-protest.
While many of Gibson's acolytes have come loose at this time, the core that still exists, mostly Proud Boys, has become increasingly violent, "reads the site," so we need to continue our campaign and ours Continue efforts on as many fronts as possible until they have completely stopped their despicable activity. "
In anticipation of the rally, Portland police said there would be" a significant presence in law enforcement "in the city center due to past protests that led to outbreaks of violence between the groups. "
Clashes between Patriot Prayer and her opponents broke out at a June 3 rally that resulted in at least four arrests. The groups also dueled at several rallies in 2017.