Large groups of free speech activists and left wing anarchists clashed in Portland on Saturday, as dozens of police in riot gear attempted to keep the dueling protests apart.
Independent journalist Tim Pool is on the ground livestreaming:
The free speech rally was advertised as having “speakers exercising their free speech, live music, flags, and an uplifting experience to bring back strength and courage to those who believe in freedom,” according to its Facebook event page.
“The free speech side is chanting ‘blue lives matter,’ while the antifa side is chanting ‘A-C-A-B, all cops are bastards,’” Pool noted during his livestream of the event, while also observing that there were more riot police blocking the anarchist side. He also stated that for the most part, the free speech side was compliant with police when given orders — in contrast to their opposition.
Pool also stated, “there’s so many people here chanting Nazis out — but they don’t realize that these people aren’t Nazis,” though he noted that there may be some white nationalists mixed in, they did not make up the entire group.
Meanwhile, the Rose City Antifa group advertised that “white supremacists” were invading the city, and openly called for violence against attendees and stated that they do not condemn vandalism (emphasis added by Big League Politics).
“We are unapologetic about the reality that fighting fascism at points requires physical militancy. Anti-fascism is, by nature, a form of self-defense: the goal of fascism is to exterminate the vast majority of human beings. However, we realize that not everyone is able to do that type of work for a wide variety of reasons,” the counter protest organizers wrote on their Facebook event page. “We cannot emphasize enough that a diverse range of other forms of resistance are also crucial. There are groups in attendance that will be prepared to handle physical opposition, and all those compelled are welcome to join in that effort. We want to be clear that we are by no means expecting the entire rally to want, or be able, to do that. We ask that all rally attendees respect the boundaries and safety of one another.”
The far-left anarchists also printed flyers with the names and faces of people who had RSVP’d to attend the event, accusing them of being neo-Nazis — and held a training course to teach “self-defense” on the eve of the rally.
Hundreds of people were gathered on either side of the park, with large amounts of police dividing the two groups. Around noon, local time, the police moved in on the antifa side for the first time, confiscating a giant skeleton that some of the anarchists had brought to the protest.
Pool noted that the antifa side was growing rapidly by afternoon, and quickly outnumbered the free speech activists. There was also another counter protest to the free speech rally across the street which was organized by a union. While they seemed to want to appear separate from the antifa group, the local SEIU had hosted the training event organized by Rose City Antifa at their headquarters.
In addition to law enforcement present at the rally, there was also private security that had volunteered their services to the free speech activists — including members of the Oathkeepers.
In their flyers, antifa had specifically called for people to oppose Kyle Chapman, better known as Based Stick Man, who was scheduled to speak at the permitted rally.
“The systematic leftist oppression of right wing freedom loving Americans will no longer be tolerated. We will fight for our god given rights just as our ancestors did. We are warriors,” Chapman told Big League Politics.
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler had previously called on the federal government to block the free speech rally, as well as an anti-Sharia Law march scheduled for June 10, which was quickly condemned by the ACLU as a violation of the First Amendment.
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COULTER: Detained Illegals Are “Being Separated From Coyotes and Drug Mules”
Author and pundit Ann Coulter was confronted by a TMZ cameraman today, and the result was not pretty for the paparazzo.
“The biggest thing is these kids are being separated from their parents,” said the cameraman posing a lefty journalist
Coulter responded in her usual ruthless manner.
“They’re being separated from coyotes and drug mules, that has already been proven before” she said.
Coulter continued to savage her adversary.
“The parents can stay in Mexico,” she said. “You don’t get to get out of committing crimes in this country because you have a baby. I mean, why don’t we let out Bernie Madoff. His kids suffered. One committed suicide.”
The activist then brought up the First Ladies who have denounced President Donald J. Trump’s zero tolerance policy.
“Thank God First Ladies aren’t elected officials,” Coulter replied with a grin.
When asked if she thought this would be a “stain on our country’s history,” Coulter delivered her knockout blow.
“It’s going to be the END of our country’s history if we let these hordes in,” she said. “It will never, never stop.”
WaPo Employees Beg Bezos for Raise
More than 400 employees at the Washington Post have signed an open letter to owner Jeff Bezos demanding better working conditions after more than a year of failed negotiations with upper management.
“[Dear Jeff Bezos] we workers of The Washington Post have been bargaining for a year and have little to show for it because The Post won’t meet us halfway on much of anything,” says a tweet shared by the Post Guild. “We love The Post. We know you do too. Our work has earned us more than what The Post is offering.”
#DearJeffBezos, we workers of The Washington Post have been bargaining for a year and have little to show for it because The Post won’t meet us halfway on much of anything.
We love The Post. We know you do too. Our work has earned us more than what The Post is offering. pic.twitter.com/kPyju1ES6r
— PostGuild (@PostGuild) June 14, 2018
Bezos is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Amazon. His estimated net worth is nearly $142 billion. He bought the paper in 2013.
The left-wing culture that has engulfed the Washington Post has spilled over into the office, and come back to bite Bezos. His employees are calling on him to “share the wealth” that they claim to have created.
“All we are asking for is fairness for each and every employee who contributed to this company’s success: fair wages; fair benefits for retirement, family leave and health care; and a fair amount of job security,” the petition says.
The staff accompanied the petition with a video.
“I’m fighting for equal pay, because regardless of gender or skin color, we all deserve to be paid the same,” said a compilation of employees in the video.
The sword of social justice appears to be turning inward on the Washington Post.
See How This Trump Supporter Trolled De Niro At His Own Play
A little more than a week after his vulgar anti-Trump rant at the Tony Awards, actor Robert de Niro was repaid in kind at the curtain call of his version of “A Bronx Tale,” the Broadway show.
In the style coined by independent reporter Laura Loomer, a man stood up at the end of the show, rushing the stage with a “Keep America Great” flag. De Niro is the director of the show.
“The times we live in,” wrote Joe Del Vicario, who was at the show. “At the end of A Bronx Tale, a man turned around and faced the audience to show us how big of a pair he has. He was escorted shortly after. It’s sad that people can’t enjoy a beautiful show and embrace its unifying message without politicizing it.”
The times we live in. At the end of A Bronx Tale, a man turned around and faced the audience to show us how big of a pair he has. He was escorted shortly after. It's sad that people can't enjoy a beautiful show and embrace its unifying message without politicizing it. #broadway pic.twitter.com/6tVN4Qf4d6
— Joe Del Vicario (@joedelvicario_) June 17, 2018
But politicizing shows is nothing new for the left. In November 2016, a cast member of Broadway Musical “Hamilton” lectured Vice President Mike Pence after the show. Pence was booed while exiting the theatre.
“We, sir, we are the diverse American who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us.” said a cringeworthy Brandon Victor Dixon on stage.
After the show, Dixon continued injecting his politics into Broadway.
“We really thought this was an important moment to really say something,” he said. “To get in front of an individual with whom we feel we have differences and to make sure that he hears and he sees us.”
According to the new rules set by the left, yesterday’s “A Bronx Tale” protest is simply par for the course. The protestor, after all, was just getting in front of someone with whom he disagrees, right?
No surprise that the left does not want to play by the rules it has created.
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