In downtown Portland on Saturday, two right wing rallies were met by “counterprotesters” of the left, and the scene went from tense to all out free-for-all in short order.
Oregon Live reports that “Far-right” groups under the header of “saying no to Marxism” arranged to gather at Terry Schrunk Plaza on Saturday, and the news was out, “drawing multiple plans for counter-protests from left-wing and anti-fascist groups.”
A separate event titled the “Mother of All Back The Blue Rallies” was set for noon at the city’s Justice Center.
Before 1 in the afternoon (4 pm Eastern),”hundreds of people filled the park, streets and sidewalks representing both sides, and throughout the morning and early afternoon, both sides fairly equally used a variety of weapons and tossed numerous objects at each other,” Oregon Live reported.
“After about an hour of the increasingly tense standoff, no police were present on the scene.”
And hell broke lose. The Oregonian has some of the dramatic footage.
Andy Ngo shared video from the scenes.
Police are investigating this incident, which was reported by many people.
And there were the human waste condoms and balloons in use today, too.
It is unclear which groups from the right side were there, and which rally they went to at the start, but among them may have been Proud Boys and some militia members. Those details will become more clear as those who were there process and upload their data through the night.
No doubt there will be dozens more photos and videos, if not hundreds. And there can further be no doubt that this is just an early skirmish. The streets are now going to be a war zone between not just Antifa and the cops, but with right wing and conservative groups as well.
This post may be updated with additional photos and video.
Here’s my tweet with some stills I pulled from the above videos.