Clashing protests happened in Portland, Oregon on Saturday, August 17. These included protests from anti-Antifa and far-right groups called “End Domestic Terrorism” and counter-protests from groups supporting Antifa or protesting the far-right presence. Police worked hard to keep the groups separated but were not always successful. See photos from the protests today below, along with videos and information that we know so far about people who were arrested in the second section of this article. You can watch more videos in Heavy’s story here.
Pro-Antifa, Far-Right, & Anti-Antifa Events Took Place at the Same Time
The End Domestic Terrorism Rally began at 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Eastern) at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Then at Battleship Oregon Memorial Marine Park, a Love Conquers Hate rally happened from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Pacific.
A Poop Bloc event happened in the same location as the End Domestic Terrorism rally, starting one hour later at 12 p.m. Pacific.
This rally was organized by Joe Biggs, formerly with InfoWars, and Enrique Tarrio, a chairman of Proud Boys. Both are pictured above.
The Facebook page for the event was later taken down.
Patriot Prayer came out in support of the event, according to posts on their Facebook page today. In the morning they wrote: “Good morning Patriots. Good morning Portland. Your President is paying attention. Let’s show them who we are, and let the other side show themselves for who they are. The world is watching.”
Rose City Antifa, a local pro-Antifa group in Portland, planned a counterprotest in the same location. They posted a call to action on their website and wrote: “We call on the community to defend itself, as it has countless times before. We must tell these far-Right and neo-Nazi groups that they are not welcome in Portland, and their search for victims on our streets will not be tolerated! Join us on August 17 at Waterfront Park to defend Portland against far-Right attack!”
Rose City Antifa had an event page for their counterprotest, but like the End Domestic Terrorism event page, it appears to have been taken down.
Oath Keepers decided to NOT attend the event. They wrote, in part:
I wish I didn’t have to do this, but it must be done. I must make it clear that Oath Keepers will not be participating in the “End Domestic Terrorism” rally scheduled for this Saturday, August 17, 2019, which is being organized by Joe Biggs and the Proud Boys.
I must also make it clear that Oath Keepers is NOT an organizer of this event, as has been erroneously reported by some media outlets. This event is being organized by Joe Biggs and the Proud Boys, not Oath Keepers. Oath Keepers was invited to attend, but we will not be attending.
We fully support free speech, and we fully agree that Antifa is a domestic terrorist organization… We have not seen adequate steps taken by the organizers to exclude known or suspected white nationalists from attending this event.
Here are more photos:
At Least 13 People Have Been Arrested So Far
Meanwhile, the Portland Police worked hard to keep the disparate groups separated in order to cut down on violence. For the most part they were successful, although the groups did end up mingling on some occasions. Early reports indicated that three people were arrested but now that number is up to at least 13 arrests.
Unfortunately, some people tried to use updates on Twitter to find opposing groups so they could try to start confrontations.
The groups also were told to stay off the streets so roads weren’t blocked, which can sometimes escalate tensions and the likelihood of violent confrontations. Groups didn’t always listen, but police tried to keep the protests under control.
The Portland Police noted on Twitter that some weapons were confiscated from protesters.
At least 13 people were arrested in incidents related to the demonstrations, the Portland Police reported.
The video below shows a woman being taken down by police from her bicycle. It’s not clear if she was one of the 13 arrested.
In a different incident, police arrested a woman who was revving her motorcycle engine at protesters. You can see that video below.
In the photo below, you can someone identified as a counter-protestor being arrested.
Here is the same person, photographer earlier before his arrest.
Julio Rosas of the Washington Examiner tweeted that the man who was arrested had threatened him earlier.
Police also helped a right-wing protester onto his bicycle and away from the crowd, Cole Miller of KOIN reported.
Police also arrested someone who wouldn’t move when they were told to leave, The Oregonian noted in the tweet below.
Some arrests might still be made. In the video in the second tweet below, you can see someone else whose face is disguised being arrested. This video was shared by The New York Times.
This video shared by Andy Ngo below, who was attacked at the June protests, shows a man on the ground, possibly beaten during the protests, but it’s not clear how they were injured. Police have said all injuries were considered minor.
One person who was injured was taken to a nearby hospital. It’s not known if this is the person in the video above or someone else.
Portland Police have said that all the injuries they have encountered so far were minor.
Although police tried to keep the groups separated, they were not always successful. One gathering was delcared a civil disturbance and people were told to leav.e
It’s not yet known which groups all the people who were arrested were affiliated with, but at least one of the arrested appeared to be a counter-protestor according to reports from people at the scene.