A number of hundred members of the Proud Boys and different right-wing teams gathered at a park in Portland, Oregon, Saturday to rally in opposition to ongoing protests in the city and the politicians who’re permitting them to proceed, and to present their help for President Trump.
The city was braced for violence between the rallygoers and far-left teams which have been protesting for months in the city. The Proud Boys have held a number of occasions in Portland, alongside different right-wing teams such as Patriot Prayer, that always finish in violent clashes with left-wing teams.
Anticipating hundreds on the rally after the Proud Boys put out a nationwide name for attendance, Gov. Kate Brown declared a state of emergency however at mid-afternoon, the opposing teams had not come in contact.
Early on, the one conflicts that emerged have been rally goers chasing a handful of people out of the park, together with one man dressed in all black and sporting a black helmet with a sticker that stated, “No justice, No peace.”
In livestreams from the occasion, some rally goers could possibly be heard stating they have been going downtown to confront Antifa, however organizers appeared to tamp down these claims.
Many on the rally have been carrying weapons, baseball bats or shields, and a quantity have been dressed in fatigues. Militia members armed with several types of weapons have been additionally posted all through the park, in accordance to the Oregonian.
“Make America Nice Once more” hats, together with t-shirts and flags supporting President Donald Trump have been widespread. A number of “Don’t Tread on Me,” flags and an occasional accomplice flag additionally waved. Some carried indicators that stated “Free Kyle Now,” or wore t-shirts with “Kyle Rittenhouse did nothing unsuitable!” on them, a reference to the 17-year-old charged in the capturing deaths of two Black Lives Matter protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Others handed out indicators asking for details about the demise of Aaron “Jay” Danielson, who was fatally shot by self-described Antifa member Michael Forest Reinoehl, when a caravan of Proud Boys & Patriot Prayer members drove into downtown Portland throughout a Black Lives Matter protest. Reinoehl, who claimed he acted in self protection, was killed by legislation enforcement officers just a few days later as they tried to arrest him in Olympia, Washington.
A second occasion honoring historic Black residents of Portland drew a number of dozen folks to one other park a few mile away, however an organizer instructed the Oregonian that they had no plans to work together with the Proud Boys. One other group of about 1,000 counter-demonstrators gathered in a 3rd park about three miles away, however didn’t plan to march to the park the place the Proud Boys had gathered, the paper stated.
The rally comes as Portland approaches its fifth month of just about nightly protests in opposition to racial injustice and police brutality which have incessantly ended in violent clashes with police.