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LIVE UPDATES: Proud Boys and Patriot Prayer Hold Rally In Portland, Antifa Clashes Likely

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Patriot Prayer, a conservative organization headed up by Washington U.S. Senate candidate Joey Gibson is hosting a rally in Portland, Oregon that is likely to get ugly.

The rally was initially going to be held at a Federal park within the city, but was switched to the Portland waterfront. That change caused immense anger among left-wing media outlets, who noted that at the waterfront in Portland, guns are allowed to be carried by those with valid Oregon concealed carry permits.

If kept to their own devices, Patriot Prayer and their supporters would have a peaceful rally. But due to the provocation of left-wing antifa radicals, it is likely to become violent.

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A recent rally ended early after police declared the event a riot.

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This story will be continually updated as developments come in. You can track the rally live at a number of streams, including through Infowars, Very Fake News, and News2Share.

Big League Politics will be monitoring those streams, as while as reaching out with sources on the ground to give you the most up to date developments possible.

Update 4:16 PM EST:

Joey Gibson, who leads Patriot Prayer, attempted to speak with protesters, and was quickly attacked but was able to escape to safety.

UPDATE 4:26 PM EST:

Patriot Prayer, led by the Proud Boys, have begun marching in front of the waterfront. Historically this is where many past marches have become violent. Clashes with antifa protesters could be coming any moment.

UPDATE 4:39 PM EST:

Patriot Prayer and the Proud Boys have moved positions, where they are holding at a new position on the waterfront. A few speeches were held before it became clear that antifa was attempting to take their area.

Reports from Twitter show antifa moving from their designated area against the orders of Portland Police.

UPDATE 4:46 PM EST:

Antifa is becoming unruly. Live video from the scene has showed them attempting to block roadways near where Patriot Prayer is rallying.

Police have also added an extra layer of separation in an attempt to keep antifa away from the conservative rally-goers.

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UPDATE 4:54 PM EST:

After ample warnings, Portland police have begun using what appear to be flashbang devices to force antifa protesters to disperse.

UPDATE 5:00 PM EST:

An antifa supporter has been spotted doing a Nazi Sieg Heil salute at the rally.

UPDATE 5:04 PM EST:

Antifa has begun throwing projectiles at police. At least one person has been arrested.

UPDATE 5:13 PM EST:

A reporter has been struck by a projectile. While it is unclear which side it came from, the only confirmed projectiles have come from the antifa side.

UPDATE 5:17 PM EST:

While the confrontations between police at antifa have escalated. It does not yet appear that there have been any clashes between Patriot Prayer and antifa.

UPDATE 5:20 PM EST:

In an attempt to block police, antifa have continued to make barricades using anything they can find, including news stands and patio chairs.

UPDATE 5:26 PM EST:

The rally has been declared a “civil disturbance” by police. Everyone has been ordered to disperse.

Patriot Prayer is heading to the original staging area, where it is unclear if they are going to leave. So far, all of the violence has been contained as being between police and antifa.

UPDATE 5:37 PM EST:

A man on the Patriot Prayer side was attacked by multiple people he describes as “commies.” The extent of his injuries are unknown, but he has received medical attention.

UPDATE 5:42 PM EST:

Patriot Prayer has regrouped to their original rally point by the Portland waterfront. Antifa is setup on the other side of the road from them, with a blockade of police separating the two groups.

UPDATE 5:53 PM EST:

Joey Gibson has begun speaking to a crowd of supporters. In it he declared victory, and asked his supporters to go out and vote to make 2018 a bigger victory than 2016 was.

He also announced a new rally that will take place in Seattle, Washington on August 18th.

UPDATE 6:16 PM EST:

A group of Patriot Prayer supporters were attacked while attempting to leave a parking garage. Pepper spray was deployed in what one can reasonably assume was self-defense.

UPDATE 6:49 PM EST:

The event has ended, but as Patriot Prayer supporters were waiting for escort out of the event, an antifa supporter snatched a Trump 2020 hat from a woman on the Patriot Prayer side. She was able to quickly get the hat back.

UPDATE 7:00 PM EST:

Portland Police seized firework mortars during the rally. Antifa has used similar explosives at past rallies, so it can be assumed that they were found on that side.

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Endangered California Condor Seen in Sequoia National Park for the First Time in 50 Years

It’s the largest bird in North America.

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One of the most endangered animals in the United States has been observed in a national park that is part of its historical range. The National Park and U.S. Fish and Wildlife services confirmed in a joint statement that six California Condors have been seeing flying above the Sequoia National Park in Eastern California.

The birds were also photographed by park personnel.

A biologist of the Santa Barbara Zoo confirmed that specimens being GPS-tracked by the zoo had been geolocated in the national park.

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We use GPS transmitters to track the birds’ movement, which can be over hundreds of miles on a single day,” said Dave Meyer. “On this particular day we documented the birds’ signals around Giant Forest, and we are excited that park employees observed the birds and confirmed their use of this important historic habitat.

The Sequoia National Park consists of more then 400,000 acres in the Sierra Nevada Mountain range. The rare vultures, which feed upon carrion, had once been known to nest in the great Sequoia trees of the park, before disappearing from the habitat around the 1970’s.

The California Condor is a New World vulture, and an exceptionally large bird, the largest native to North America. It range once broadly consisted of the entire western United States, spanning from Canada to Baja California in Mexico.

It had been declared to be extinct in the wild in 1987, but a preservation program to save the species has proved successful in reintroducing captive individuals to the wild in northern Arizona and Utah. Poaching, habitat destruction, and poisoning from manmade chemicals have severely eroded the population of the birds in the wild, and it’s currently listed as critically endangered. Preservation efforts have increased the wild population of the California Condor from merely 22 animals to more than 400 today.

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