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Portland Rally: Violence Breaks Out Between Opposing Sides

Portland Rally: Violence Breaks Out Between Opposing Sides

A Patriot Prayer member is held back from fighting with antifascist counter-protester in Portland, Oregon, on June 3, 2018. (Alex Milan Tracy/Sipa USA)(Sipa via AP Images)

By    |   Monday, 04 June 2018 05:02 PM

A Portland, Oregon, Patriot Prayer rally and a group of Antifa members clashed Sunday, drawing both blood and police decked out in riot gear.

The local group Patriot Prayer organized the event to honor Tusitala “Tiny” Toese, calling it “Tiny’s Freedom March,” The Oregonian reported. Patriot Prayer calls itself a nonviolent, First Amendment advocacy group whose leader, Joey Gibson, is close to Toese.

When the two groups clashed late that afternoon, police in the area urged everyone to disperse. The Portland Police Department reported:

 

"The intent of our presence today was to provide a safe environment for all participants, non-participants, and community members while ensuring the peaceful exercise of the First Amendment,” Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw said a statement, KOIN 6 reported.

“The Police Bureau attempted to communicate directly with group organizers through the use of social media, a loud-hailer, and person-to-person communication in an effort to encourage an environment in which Portland community members could safely practice their right to free speech and assembly. Bureau members attempted to intercede by separating and arresting people on occasions when people's safety were in jeopardy," he continued. 

Four people were arrested on various charges including second-degree disorderly conduct and failure to comply with lawful order.

Sunday’s clash came one year after the two groups faced off at opposing rallies in downtown Portland. On that day, 14 arrests were made.

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A Portland, Oregon, Patriot Prayer rally and a group of Antifa members clashed Sunday, drawing both blood and police decked out in riot gear.
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