VIDEO: Antifa Members, Right-Wing Activists Clash On Streets of Portland During Protests
By CBS News // July 1, 2018
ABOVE VIDEO: Antifa members and Patriot Prayer clash in physical altercations on Saturday.
PORTLAND, OREGON (CBS NEWS) – Two opposing protest groups — Patriot Prayer and antifa — clashed in downtown Portland Saturday, CBS Portland affiliate KOIN reports. Portland police said failure to leave the area could leave to arrests, calling the demonstration a riot.
More than 100 members of Patriot Prayer group gathered at Terry Schrunk Plaza for a “freedom rally,” while more than 100 counter protesters with an antifa group gathered across the street at Chapman Square for rallies before a march.
Police revoked Patriot Prayer’s permit for the rally after the two groups began to clash.
People were lighting firecrackers and smoke bombs in the crowd while police used flash bangs in an effort to disperse the clashing protesters. Police tweeted Saturday night they used “aerial distractions” and not tear gas.
Portland Police have used aerial distraction devices in today’s protest. Portland Police have not used tear gas as some are reporting.
— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) July 1, 2018
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