Tensions high as Patriot Prayer & Antifa protestors stage rival rallies in Portland

A counter-protester throws a smoke canister back towards police during a rally by the Patriot Prayer group in Portland Oregon. — Reuters

A counter-protester throws a smoke canister back towards police during a rally by the Patriot Prayer group in Portland Oregon. — Reuters

Counter-protesters dressed in colorful clothes rallied against a far-right Patriot Prayer rally called the "Gibson for Senate Freedom March" in Portland, Oregon, on August 4.

Police in Oregon's largest city were bracing Saturday for the latest dueling political rallies in Portland, asking people not to bring weapons and warning that screening checkpoints and bomb-sniffing dogs would be on hand.

A rally on Jun 30 was declared a riot and shut down by police after marchers and counter-protesters clashed, leaving several people injured.

Hundreds of demonstrators from the right-wing Patriot Prayer group and Antifa activists have launched rivaling protests in Portland. Authorities say demonstrators threw rocks and bottles at officers.

The counter-protesters were made up of a coalition of labor unions, immigrant rights advocates, democratic socialists and other groups.

Saturday's rally was in stark contrast with two other rallies organized by Gibson this summer that ended in bloody fistfights and riots that sent one counterprotester to the hospital with a skull fracture.

Gibson and right-wing demonstrators hold a rally supporting gun rights and free speech in Portland Oregon. — AFP
Gibson and right-wing demonstrators hold a rally supporting gun rights and free speech in Portland Oregon. — AFP

The march returned to Waterfront Park, where police continued to keep Patriot Prayer supporters and counter-protesters separate, with Southwest Naito Parkway being the divider.

Police in riot gear have confiscated items that could be used as a weapon.

Police have warned protesters to leave their guns at home even though holders of valid OR concealed-handgun licenses are permitted to carry their weapons at the park. Maria Cantwell of Washington State, said in a live video on Facebook earlier this week that he won't stop bringing his followers to Portland until they can press their right-wing views without interference. Organizers said that while Patriot Prayer denies being a white supremacist group, it affiliates itself with known white supremacists, white nationalists and neo-Nazi gangs.

"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 organizing the counter-demonstration.

Christian, who has pleaded not guilty, later told investigators he was not motivated by racism but was drunk and wanted to "do his free speech thing" when he shouted racist and anti-immigrant slurs on the light-trail train before the stabbings.

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