New video has emerged of the Antifa counter protesters at Sunday’s free speech rally in Portland making what appears to be some type of smoke bombs.
The person who took the video, a neutral journalist who has asked to only be identified as “Streets Fire,” told Big League Politics that they shot the video between 1 and 2 p.m. — at least an hour and a half before an unlawful assembly was declared over Antifa assaulting police with projectiles.
“They put something in the bottle then shook it. Then turned into what you see in the video,” Streets Fire told BLP.
We asked the journalist if they stuck around to see what happened with the bottles after they were made and they told us that they got out of there where the footage ends.
Independent journalist Tim Pool, who was in Portland livestreaming, confirmed to Big League that he had seen the anarchists throwing smoke bombs at police.
“I saw someone light what looked like a small tube and throw it towards the police line. It started emitting a thick greenish smoke,” Pool explained.
Pool stated that he did not smell anything, but may have been too far away from the smoke. He also said that everything in the counter protest area had an overpowering smell of vinegar, as the protesters soak their face masks in it. It is an old urban legend that vinegar will help protect you from tear gas — but in my personal experience has always fallen short.
When we asked Pool if he had seen anything that looked like these bottles being thrown he stated that he did not, but “saw them lighting a wick.”
“I didn’t see any smoke bomb bottles but I interviewed someone in my video who said they were throwing bottles at police,” he added.
Free speech activist Irma Hinojosa also confirmed to Big League that she saw smoke bombs being thrown by the anarchists.
As we previously reported, the counter protest against free speech had erupted in violence after police attempted to clear the square of the black bloc anarchists.
“During the course of police action, in response to a significant amount of projectiles being thrown, less lethal munitions, including ‘pepper ball’ and aerial distraction devices (ADD) were used by police,” the Portland Police Department said in a statement on Sunday evening.
— Gadi Schwartz (@GadiNBC) June 5, 2017
One of the speakers at the free speech rally, Tim Treadstone, better known as ‘Baked Alaska’, told Big League that counter protesters were throwing balloons filled with feces and urine, eggs, and bloody tampons.
Following the event, the Portland Police announced that they had confiscated knives, brass knuckles, bricks, chains, an axe, and many other weapons from the anarchists.
Unidentified suspects on roof of Chapman Square bathroom. Bag of bricks located, possibly taken from building. pic.twitter.com/WtMeIxUXW6
— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) June 5, 2017
Another collection of weapons seized today. pic.twitter.com/tdMmMSM2Wp
— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) June 5, 2017
Several of the weapons seized so far today. pic.twitter.com/U6z2jO0BVu
— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) June 4, 2017
A total of 14 people were arrested — at least one of whom was at the free speech rally and was arrested after attempting to stop the anarchists from burning an American flag.
Left-Wing “Sleeping Giants” Deplatforming Activist Apologizes for “Diminishing” Minority Co-Founder
Matt Rivitz “gaslighted” the co-founder out of Sleeping Giants.
Matt Rivitz, the nominal founder of far-left deplatforming organization Sleeping Giants, issued a detailed public apology to a woman who has recently identified herself as a co-founder of the group. Nandini Jammi went public with her claims of being sidelined as a key figure within Sleeping Giants last week, claiming that Rivitz, a San Francisco ad executive, had “gaslighted” her out of public acknowledgment for her role in the organization.
Rivitz’s public apology, released Monday, appeared to largely vindicate her claims, acknowledging that Jammi was a co-founder of the group who had never received the due credit she claimed to have deserved.
A letter of apology. pic.twitter.com/gfMvAQuO4O
— Sleeping Giants (@slpng_giants) July 10, 2020
Sleeping Giants is a leftist deplatforming organization that seeks to defund conservative websites by haranguing advertisers over their ad placements on platforms such as Breitbart. Rivitz’s acknowledgment of sidelining the group’s female co-founder- coming only after Jammi published a Medium article that accused Rivitz of erasing her contributions to the group.
“I want to show you how a woman of color almost disappeared from the movement she built, and what you can achieve when you refuse to follow the rules your white male “leader” sets for you,” said Jammi of Rivitz’ selfish desire for self promotion. Jammi also published a series of arrogant remarks she attributes to Rivitz, in which the leftist anti-free speech activist curtly told his younger co-founder to know her place.
Curiously, Sleeping Giants is registered as an LLC in California, making it likely that the deplatforming group is a for-profit entity. Rivitz, who went to great lengths to hide his identity as the figure behind the group, was only exposed as Sleeping Giants’ operator after a Breitbart News investigation. It’s still totally unclear who is funding the organization.
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