Portland, Oregon –-(Ammoland.com)-The anarcho-communist group, Antifa, attacked the Patriot Prayer rally this past Saturday in Portland, Oregon.
What was supposed to be a peaceful rally lead by Senate Candidate, Joey Gibson, and the Patriot Prayer group descended into what police describe as a riot when the alt-left group, Antifa, attacked the rally goers as they attempted their permitted march.
Police in riot gear were separating the two sides as the Patriot Prayer group gathered to prepare to march down Third Street in Portland, but once the march started members of the Eugene Antifa group began throwing rocks, M-80s, and bottles at the peaceful marchers. Police declared the event a riot and ordered the two groups to disperse immediately.
“We seized numerous weapons early on, and interceded and separated people when necessary,” Deputy Police Chief Bob Day said in a statement released by the department. “However, once projectiles, such as fireworks, eggs, rocks, bottles, and construction equipment were thrown, and people were injured, we ordered people to disperse.”
At that point, the scene became even more violent with Antifa members pulling out batons and attacking members of the Patriot community who in turn defended themselves against the violent attackers. The Patriots were able to push back the Leftists that were attacking even though they did not have weapons.
Police deployed rubber bullets and flash bangs to try to separate the crowds of opposing sides who were fighting in the streets. The clashes led to emergency workers having to transport five people to the hospital. One person is in serious condition. Four arrest were made, but police say those arrest were not related to the riot and were from previous investigations.
This violent exchange isn't a first for Antifa. There were several violent exchanges in Berkeley California in 2017. The first clash occurred on February 1st when Milo Yiannopoulos came to speak at the University. Antifa tried to shut down the talk by using pepper spray and other violent methods.
Four more waves of violent Antifa attacks occurred in Berkeley against groups such as “The Proud Boys” in 2017. Eric Clanton, who became known as the “Bike Lock Professor,” allegedly tried to kill someone with a U-shaped bike lock. He will likely spend the next ten years in prison if the courts convict him of the crime. These clashes became known as “The Battle of Berkeley.”
A photographer snapped a picture of Benjamin Lynch, who was one of the organizers of the Berkeley violent clashes, this past weekend in Portland with Antifa. Lynch is known to work with the far-left group, BAMN.
Yvette Felarca, who is a middle school teacher and BAMN spokesperson, is currently on trial for felony assault and inciting a riot at another Antifa protest. Felarca is known for her anti-free speech stance and multiple suspensions from her teaching job for trying to recruit her students for Antifa. The Teacher's Union has always been successful in defending her from termination.
Antifa has also clashed with members of white nationalist groups in Charlottesville. Those clashes left one person dead and many injured. During Trump's inauguration, Antifa protesters attacked a Starbucks and set the limo of a Muslim immigrant on fire to somehow “resist” Trump.
Police are looking into criminal activity at this past weekend’s protest. They stated once the video footage is reviewed they will charge people accordingly.
AmmoLand reached out to Joey Gibson and the Eugene Antifa chapter, but neither returned our request for comments at the time of this writing.
About John Crump
John is a NRA instructor and a constitutional activist. He is the former CEO of Veritas Firearms, LLC and is the co-host of The Patriot News Podcast which can be found at www.blogtalkradio.com/patriotnews. John has written extensively on the patriot movement including 3%'ers, Oath Keepers, and Militias. In addition to the Patriot movement, John has written about firearms, interviewed people of all walks of life, and on the Constitution. John lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and sons and is currently working on a book on leftist deplatforming methods and can be followed on Twitter at @crumpyss, on Facebook at realjohncrump, or at www.crumpy.com.