Alt-right rally in Portland declared a riot after right-wingers go on violent rampage
A rally in Portland, Oregon organized by Joey Gibson, who is running for U.S. Senate as a Republican in Washington state was declared a riot on Saturday night, the Oregonian reports.
Gibson is an extremist who holds “free speech rallies” to provoke Antifa and other leftists. Today’s event, held near the site of the family-friendly rally opposing President Trump’s immigration policies devolved after police told everyone to go home.
In a video posted by independent journalist Mike Bivins, one of the right-wingers appears to throw a heavy metal trash trash can lid at a what appears to be a much smaller woman.
Video from earlier during the riot. Left wingers look like they’re throwing a trash can and a sign at a person w a trash can lid. Dude then picks up the metal lid and throws it at a woman nearby. #DefendPDX pic.twitter.com/f5YGlpfWt0# p #4_23 # ad skipped = true #
— PDX Mike Bivins (@itsmikebivins) July 1, 2018# p #5_23 # ad skipped = true #
At one point there was a brawl involving what appeared to be at least 100 people from both sides, throwing smoke bombs and then exchanging blows.
Wild brawl, explosions, beatings at the Patriot Prayer rally and march. pic.twitter.com/VpL7Sot3BY# p #8_23 # ad skipped = true #
— PDX Mike Bivins (@itsmikebivins) July 1, 2018# p #9_23 # ad skipped = true #
Other video from Bivins shows police firing tear gas, making arrests and right-wingers brandishing shields and wearing absurd costumes.
Portland Police Bureau cops crossed the street to where the Pepe man is standing and told the crew there that their shields have to be put away. They asked where they can have them and the cop responded “nowhere in the city of Portland.” #DefendPDX pic.twitter.com/mRl4VIXISY# p #12_23 # ad skipped = true #
— PDX Mike Bivins (@itsmikebivins) June 30, 2018# p #13_23 # ad skipped = true #
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— PDX Mike Bivins (@itsmikebivins) June 30, 2018# p #16_23 # ad skipped = true #
Bivins reported that a number of Proud Boys were arrested following the clashes.
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— PDX Mike Bivins (@itsmikebivins) June 30, 2018# p #20_23 # ad skipped = true #
The protests have been regular occurrences, taxing the city’s resources as both sides are seemingly eager for violence.
A local weekly covering the protest reported hearing police officers discussing strategy at Starbucks, with one of the cops heard saying that the city should “just let them fight.”