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Antifa attacks Patriot Prayer march in Portland, OR

Antifa attacks Patriot Prayer march in Portland, OR

“Antifascist counter-demonstrators immediately began lobbing eggs, half-empty water bottles and firecrackers at the conservative marchers”

https://youtu.be/O9g1uuI62m0

Last summer, we covered the cancellation of a planned Patriot Prayer rally in San Francisco. The event was cancelled after “Californian leaders, including House minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D), … adamantly opposed a rally organized by the Patriot Prayer group on the grounds that it is ‘alt right’ and ‘white supremacist’.”  Patriot Prayer founder Joey Gibson ably refuted these allegations at the time.

Gibson, who is running for the U. S. Senate in Washington state, was in Portland, Oregon yesterday with over a hundred of his Patriot Prayer group for an announced, permitted rally.

Masked, black clad antifa fascists showed up to “counter-protest” and apparently just happened to have eggs and firecrackers with them because these items, along with other things, were lobbed at the Patriot Prayer group.  Police eventually declared a riot and revoked Patriot Prayer’s permit.

The Oregonian reports:

Portland Police declared a riot Saturday after tensions between the right-wing Patriot Prayer group and local anti-fascist activists came to a head and broke out in violence.

The afternoon began with a permitted rally at Terry Schrunk Federal Plaza organized by Joey Gibson, U.S. Senate candidate for Washington and leader of the right-wing, Vancouver-based group.

A counter-demonstration by masked local anti-fascist groups gathered nearby among a heavy police presence. Officers seized weapons such as utility knives, clubs and chemical sprays, detaining several protesters early on.

. . . . Things turned ugly shortly after 6 p.m., when Patriot Prayer protesters spilled into Third Avenue to begin their permitted march through the streets of Portland.

Antifascist counter-demonstrators immediately began lobbing eggs, half-empty water bottles and firecrackers at the conservative marchers, prompting federal police to fire paintballs filled with pepper spray into the crowd.

Here’s some footage from the Daily Mail:

The attacks on the Patriot Prayer demonstrators were unprovoked, and Gibson claims that the police, already in riot gear before the event started, stood down and didn’t do enough to protect them from the antifa fascists.

KOIN reports:

“Today was good in terms that we showed that there’s a political move right now to have the police stand down in order to impact free speech in some of these big cities. Portland’s the last city on the West Coast that’s doing that, so we just have to keep hitting it — I don’t see what else to do other than that. We’ll make Portland so ugly in terms of how they allow these protesters to charge us when we have a permit. The police stood down, we were told they would not stand down, so we have to challenge it,” organizer Joey Gibson said before leaving.

. . . . “Portland Police planned for today’s protest so that people could exercise their First Amendment rights to speech and assembly,” said Deputy Chief Bob Day in a press release. “We seized numerous weapons early on, and interceded and separated people when necessary. However, once projectiles, such as fireworks, eggs, rocks, bottles and construction equipment were thrown and people were injured, we ordered people to disperse.”

Though reports seem clear that it was antifa fascists who instigated violence by throwing objects at Patriot Prayer members, they claim to be opposing “Patriot Prayer’s violence.”

KOIN continues:

A group called Eugene Antifa created a Facebook event called “Defend PDX: Patriot Prayer’s violence must end”

“It is very important that antifascists keep up the pressure so that we can stop them once and for all,” the Facebook page says.

“There will be a significant law enforcement presence in Downtown Portland, due to past threats and acts of violence between these different groups, both locally and nationally,” Portland police said.

Police were already dressed in riot gear before the 4 p.m. start time in preparation for the protests.

I attended a lot of Tea Party rallies throughout the early years of the Obama administration, and I don’t recall ever seeing police in riot gear.  Then again, we weren’t throwing things at people or attempting to instigate violence.  Funny how that works.

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Comments

The Antifa, exercising its ‘heckler’s veto’ with the able assistance of the Portland Police Department, shuts down the 1st Amendment again.

    JohnSmith100 in reply to MSO. | July 2, 2018 at 9:29 am

    Antifa needs to countered with baseball bats. Set up an event where there are people ready to beat the living crap out of those punks. And, brand their foreheads with Antifa.

What do you expect from a police department headed by a black woman from Oakland named Outlaw. Portlandia was a sane representation to what actually happens here. Now what is interesting is that the riots after the elections totally drained the police budget to where we have about 1/2 of the force we used to have and they are not able to attract recruits. At some point the single-party mentality is simply going to break down entirely.

casualobserver | July 1, 2018 at 4:00 pm

This seems to be the same story repeated in Portland about every 3 or 4 weeks.

At least the media is being honest about how the violence started. I’m almost shocked.

I would not be surprised to learn that the police were not innocent bystanders to this and, like what happened in virginia, they actually took passive steps to foment a certain amount of violence. To have it crash down, like virginia, on the right.

The Packetman | July 1, 2018 at 4:42 pm

Notice that Patriot Prayer pushed the Antifa thugs back, all the way to … the stack of riot police.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3vXHW6cymo

    Massinsanity in reply to The Packetman. | July 1, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    Thanks for sharing the link.

    Amazing to watch the mask wearing facist cowards get pushed back by a group with half their numbers and without any weapons.

Not all of the Antifa bozos had a good day at the protest:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=z1ibEsD3mms

Poor lad has a bit of a glass jaw, I’d say!

    snopercod in reply to persecutor. | July 1, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    YouTube has that blocked to “members only”.

    Massinsanity in reply to persecutor. | July 1, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    Its worth the aggravation to see it but if you don’t want to sign up then let me describe if for you – mask wearing facist takes a swing at an unarmed citizen, drops his collapsable baton then steps back like the coward he is while the citizen takes a big step forward and drops him with a right to the jaw… KO… lights out… sack of potatoes hitting the ground to be dragged away by his cowardly friends. Someone get the smelling salts!

Useless police.

About average for the Portland area
1) Right-of-center group goes through the permit process to legally have an event.
2) Violent thugs show up, attack, get their rears handed to them by the lawful/legal/peaceful group.
3) Police immediately suspend the permits of the first group and declare the event is over.
4) Blame is placed upon the Right-of-center group. “How dare they provoke these peaceful Liberals!”

Subotai Bahadur | July 1, 2018 at 5:31 pm

We really are two separate countries. Law enforcement in the Clinton Archipelago obeys and is loyal to their Leftist political masters unfettered by law or the Constitution. Only one of those countries in our borders is going to survive. Choices have to be made.

Don’t you love how the media labels the brown shirts the “anti-fascists”?

“Antifa” = Fa

The lack of self-awareness from these goose-stepping goons is utterly unbelievable. They clad themselves in black, cover their faces, and attack people with whom they disagree, politically, then have the audacity to claim that they are “anti-fascists?”

A person involved in truly meritorious and righteous protest doesn’t hide his/her identity and use violence to attack others. These idiots are the Left’s brownshirts; nothing more.

I believe that I mentioned a couple of months ago that we would be treated to a resurgence of Antifa and other left-wing groups which rely upon physical violence to intimidate their ideological opponents and the rest of society. Well, hhheeeerrreee’sss Antifa!!! Back from hiatus and committing criminal attacks upon peaceful demonstrators. Look for BLM engaging in anti-police rioting next.

Subotai Bahadur | July 1, 2018 at 10:15 pm

What I am wondering, as Antifa comes back to the fore, is at what point will there be a counter-attack; noting that such a counterattack does not have to be in conjunction with street activities.

The Left is openly threatening homosexual and heterosexual rape to the child relatives of those who have political disagreements with them. Death threats are the norm from them. Democrat politicians and elected officials are calling for mob actions [and implied mob violence] if their opponents appear in public.

It is not a desirable state of affairs, but that is the reality.

The terms of engagement have been unilaterally changed by the Left. It has been noted by others that the Left is not going to like having to live under the rules they have set up. Reality trumps [no pun intended] the Narrative every time.

It’s time to bring a gun to a knife fight,,, and take BACK our nation. This BS must stop or another Civil War is coming.

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