Blood and Chaos in Portland as Violent Antifa Aim to Shut Down Right Wing Rally
Police did little to nothing to stop bloody brawls and altercations in the streets of Portland on Sunday, as violent anarchists attempted to shut down yet another pro-Trump free speech rally.
Organized by a group called the “Patriot Prayer,” the rally-goers had gathered at 2 p.m. for an event dubbed the “Freedom March.” The Facebook event page for the march stated “the more hatred we see the more we have to stand against it. The more threats that we get the more we have to come out to show no fear. The more people lie about us the more we have to show who we are. We will continue to come into Portland with a simple message that is focused on truth, love, and freedom.”
As we have seen with nearly every free speech or pro-Trump rally, the group was almost immediately met with militant counter protesters. Journalists at the scene all noted that there was almost no police presence, and nothing was being done to stop or prevent the fights which broke out throughout the day. The Police Department later tweeted that they are reviewing videos from the altercations and that arrests may be made at a later date.
Police continue to observe in person and over video feed. People involved in unlawful activity are subject to arrest today or a later date.
— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) August 6, 2017
In footage captured by local journalist Mike Bivins, skateboards, flagpoles, and pepper spray were being used as weapons. The anarchists also burned American flags to antagonize the patriots.
Portland has been a hotbed for clashes between patriots and those who claim to be against fascism while simultaneously attempting to shut down the free speech of those they disagree with.
In June, anarchists began attacking police officers during another pro-Trump free speech rally.
— Gadi Schwartz (@GadiNBC) June 5, 2017
Unlike the counter protest, the Trump rally was peaceful and was not declared to be an unlawful assembly. The rally continued as planned through the scheduled conclusion.
Supporters of President Trump and the freedom of speech have been holding frequent rallies across the nation, nearly all of which feature some type of violence from the Antifa extremists. The next one is scheduled to take place in Boston on August 18. Big League Politics will be live on the scene covering the day’s events as they unfold.