Major consideration is being given to naming ANTIFA an “ORGANIZATION OF TERROR.” Portland is being watched very closely. Hopefully the Mayor will be able to properly do his job!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2019
Many far-right demonstrators support a bill sponsored by Republican Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy and Texas Ted Cruz, urging Congress to identify anti-fascist abbreviation Antifas as domestic terror organization.
The rally was the latest in a series of protests, sometimes during violent demonstrations. Protests are a rich tradition in this city, but residents are getting tired of radical sabers on the streets.
For weeks, police and local politicians have been urging protesters to not show up at all, and those protesters inevitably want peace. When a conservative writer was attacked by protesters in black, officials and residents were concerned about a scuffle as in June 29 in the city.
On Saturday, as the rally began, some confrontation took place in the park, but far-right groups eventually moved behind the police line and were isolated from anti-protesters, and officers actively maintained the gap.
Later, many right-wing protesters left the area, crossed the nearby Hawthorne Bridge, and reached the east side of the city. But some remained on the west side, and members of Antifa followed them through the streets of the city, shouting that they were leaving the city. At least two of those who walked with the militia members were hit by a white substance similar to a milkshake.
The Portland Police Department says 13 people have been arrested. Police said police occasionally had small-scale clashes in or near the park and seized corona guns, bear sprays, shields, and metal and wooden poles from the demonstrators.
Officials declined to discuss whether the arrested persons belonged to a right-wing group or Antifa, who were charged with wrongdoing and illegal use of weapons.
Police said six people were slightly injured during the protest, and one of them was taken to hospital for treatment.
The rally itself didn’t have many waves. However, after these groups scattered around the streets of the city, more fighting broke out, and the demonstrators were sometimes tense, and sometimes even bloody exchanges began.
Later in the afternoon, police declared the conflict an internal disturbance and began clearing areas near Southwest Park Avenue and Southwest Morrison Street, where many protesters and bystanders gathered.
At a press conference on Saturday night, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler exc satirized Joe Biggs, who worked on the far-right conspiracy show “Infowars”, is One of the main organizers of the rally. He said Mr Biggs was sparking fear and wasting taxpayer money on security measures.
“We didn’t want him to come here in my city for a while,” Mr. Wheeler said. He added that white supremacist groups have boldly spread hate messages to women, people of color and immigrants.
Wheeler added that due to Oregon’s Free Speech Act, Portland “always has to reach or near zero ground in this battle.”
A White House spokesman did not respond to an email that sought to explain Trump’s tweets and why he chose to target Antioch over others in the conflict.
But Mr. Trump has repeatedly tried to highlight events involving Antioch and blamed the news media for not giving enough coverage of the organization’s tactics. When criticizing the statements of white nationalists, he often emphasizes them.
Which groups are demonstrating?
On Saturday night, far-right people gathered at the southern end of the park. Some people were wearing bullet-proof vests and helmets, and at least one had a visible knife and pepper spray, which he said were “a last resort”.
Among the other far-right groups is Proud Boys, an all-male group whose members sometimes have racist or feminist ideas and have fought with protesters.
The most prestigious promoter of the rally was Mr. Biggs. He said he was organizing the rally in response to beatings by conservative writer Andy Ngo during the clashes in June.
Many have blamed Antifa for the beating, which was captured on video. No one has been charged in connection with the assault, which the police are continuing to investigate.
Rose City Antifa, which is based in Portland and is one of the oldest and most organized Antifa groups, encouraged its followers to attend the rally.
The Portland police said they would use ‘whatever means necessary’ to curb violence
“For those planning to come to our city for violence: We don’t want you here,” Mayor Ted Wheeler warned in a taped warning this month, warning that police would use “all necessary means” Uphold the law.
Police and the mayor have repeatedly stated that they will not target any political group but will seek to stop the violence committed by anyone with any point of view.
Joey Gibson, the leader of another conservative organization, Patriot Prayer, has organised similar rallies in the past, calling on Portland police on Friday after being charged with riots in another conflict in May. He appeared at the rally on Saturday.
Two members of the “Proud Boys” are being tried in New York after they were accused of attempted attacks in an attack believed to be a member of Antifa. The Pride Boy also held a free speech rally in Washington, D.C. in June, during which time Antioch protesters clashed with police and some conservative protesters.
What does it mean to call Antioch a domestic terrorist organization?
The Antifa bill proposed by Mr. Cassidy and Mr. Cruz is largely iconic. No government list designates groups as domestic terrorist organizations, and the bill does not require any federal agency to establish an organization. It just said that groups operating “under the banner of Antioch” should be marked as domestic terrorists.
The bill also calls on the federal government to “double up” against domestic terrorism, including white supremacists, and calls on the Senate to express “the need for peaceful dissemination of views in the United States.”
Earlier this month during a massacre in El Paso, a gunman killed 22 people and renewed his call for a law specifically prohibiting domestic terrorism.
Although federal law makes “terrorist acts beyond national borders” illegal, there are no crimes against domestic terrorism. People identified by the police as domestic terrorists may be prosecuted for violating state or federal laws.
Why is this happening constantly in Portland?
In recent years, the opposition has faced multiple confrontations in Portland. Sometimes protests turn into violence.
Chaos is now accustomed, and residents and event planners in the city are prepared accordingly. To escape the protest, five kilometers were moved from one side of the Willamette River to the other, and police posted a map on Twitter identifying twelve other incidents that were allegedly not subject to demonstrations Impact.
Rallies are so common in Portland in part because it is a hub for anarchists and radical political groups, drawn to the city’s reputation of upholding the rights to free speech and protest.
Mike Baker reported from Portland, Ore., and Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs and Neil Vigdor from New York. Maggie Haberman contributed reporting from New York.
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