Antifa Behind Several Assaults at Patriot Prayer Rally in Portland
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Antifa radicals were behind several violent assaults that resulted in injuries in Portland, Oregon, during a right-wing free speech rally on Saturday. The assaults included a journalist who was hit in the head with a water bottle, a counter-protester who was clubbed in the head with a modified trench club, and Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson, who was attacked while he walked through the antifa crowd. There were only four arrests.
The right-leaning Patriot Prayer group and the Proud Boys marched in a Portland park in support of Patriot Prayer founder Joey Gibson, who is running as a Republican for the U.S. Senate.
The counter-protest was organized by "a coalition of labor unions, immigrant rights groups and artists," according to CBS News.
"Patriot Prayer is continuing to commit violence in our city, and their events are becoming more and more violent," said Effie Baum of Pop Mob, a coalition of community groups that organized the counter-demonstration. "Leaving them a small group to attack in the streets is only going to allow them to perpetuate their violence."
Here are the Patriot Prayer folks at the rally:
Washington-based freelance journalist Mike Bivins provided live coverage on the scene.
As the hundreds of protesters and counter-protesters converged, police in riot gear tried to keep the two groups apart and confiscated any weapons they saw.
The police ordered the crowd to disperse after antifa started throwing projectiles.
When antifa counter-protesters refused police orders to get out of the street, officers fired rubber bullets and flash bangs into the crowd. Authorities said they threw rocks and bottles at officers.
A reporter from the Oregonian was hit in the head by a flying bottle of water as the police were clearing the street of counterprotesters.