Portland looks bloody battles as Antifa activists storm Patriot Prayer rally

The violence broke out in the centre of Portland, Oregon, on Sunday, Antifa activists stormed a Patriot Prayer rally. The police tweeted that “the Weapons confiscated from protesters” and “Fireworks and bottles were thrown at officers and the participants.”

(Portland Police/AP Photo)

The violence broke out in the centre of Portland, Oregon, on Sunday, Antifa activists stormed a Patriot Prayer rally — about a year after a similar stunt rally triggered bloody clashes and arrests.

Some protesters on Sunday hurled bottles and fireworks at police officers, while others were caught with knives and other weapons, Portland Police tweeted. Officials encouraged people to get out of the immediate area “for their safety.”


A different fight. And some sort of pepper spray

— Kandra Kent (@KandraKPTV) June 3, 2018

Many of the Antifa activists wore black and covered their faces. Some protesters said they were demonstrating against police brutality; a sign bluntly read “F— of the police.”

Patriot Prayer, which bills itself as a peaceful First Amendment advocacy group, organized a rally — “Tiny’s Freedom March,” a going-away event for Tusitala John Toese, who is close with the leader of the group Joey Gibson — for 5 hours

Breaking: Beatdowns the Patriot Prayer and counterprotest in downtown Portland. Intense video

— PDX Mike Bivins (@itsmikebivins) June 3, 2018

The rose City Antifa planned against protesting for 4 pm Patriot Prayer, just as we showed them last year, that their violence and hatred has no place in Portland.”

The police advises people to stay away from this area. There are about 30 of the Patriot Prayer, people and a lot more antifa presence. They burn American flags now. @fox12oregon

— Brenna Kelly (@BrennaKellyNews) June 3, 2018

The demonstrations came a year after the two groups came together in downtown Portland for opposing rallies, KOIN reported. Last year protests resulted in 14 arrests.

Here are a handful of Patriot Prayer here. There is still a few standing outside the plaza. Most did not want to be interviewed. A man says that they are here to celebrate the freedom of speech, and to see a friend off who is moving in the near

— Kandra Kent (@KandraKPTV) June 3, 2018

The police said Sunday that while the city respects “the right,” anyone with weapons or anyone who is involved in the violent activities was subjected to a cardiac arrest.

It was not immediately clear if Sunday is the center of demonstrations led to arrests, but the photos and videos posted to social media showed protesters fighting and clashing, while some apparently were doused with pepper spray.

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