of Antifa clashed with members of the conservative group Patriot
Prayer Saturday evening in Portland, Ore., forcing police to declare
that a riot was taking place as officers fired paintballs filled with
tear gas into the crowd, according to the Oregonian.
broke out shortly after 6 pm local time as Antifa protesters pelted
marchers from the conservative group with eggs, water
the marchers spilled out into downtown Portland for their legally
permitted march in support of a conservative Republican candidate for
the U.S. Senate. The march followed an afternoon rally at Terry
Schrunk Federal Plaza, Reutersreported.
seized weapons like utility knives, clubs and chemical sprays from
Antifa protesters as they gathered nearby for their counter-rally.
police eventually made four arrests during the demonstrations -
though they said none of them were related to the day's events. Four
others had to be taken to the hospital after being struck by
hostilities started escalating around 4 pm local time, as busloads
of Patriot Prayer protesters arrived at Terry Schrunk Federal Plaza,
while members of Antifa gathered for a counter-demonstration at
Chapman Square, directly across the street.
were roughly 150 Patriot Prayer protesters while the Antifa
protesters numbered at least twice that. Still,
the dueling protests were a fraction of an earlier march in support
of immigrant families separated at the border, part of a wave of
marches that unfolded in cities across the US. Nearly 5,000 people
attended that event.
Prayer founder Joey Gibson, the organizer of the rally, said during
a rally that he wanted to "bring light into a city that's
full of darkness". He
bashed Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown. Gibson
is one of 13 candidates running for the GOP nomination to face off
against Democratic Washington Senator Maria Cantwell.