Both Sides Claim Success in Portland Protests

Portland Oregon Mayor Ted Wheeler speaks during a rally on Wednesday Aug. 14 2019. The mayor said anyone planning violence or espousing hatred at an upcoming weekend protest by right-wing groups in the liberal city

The events began late in the morning. "Hopefully the Mayor will be able to properly do his job!".

A rally by hundreds of supporters of the right-wing Proud Boys organisation was met by a similar number of "Antifa" opponents, and isolated clashes broke out between both sides and between Antifa and police as the gathering wrapped up.

No Portland city commissioners were in attendance, but some members of Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty's staff joined the morning counterprotest rally. "That's all we wanted".

Rep. Dan Crenshaw has called out antifa activists in Portland, Oregon, as "a sad showing of where we are today" after weekend protests involving far-left and far-right wing groups erupted in chaos.

Before the demonstration started, US President Donald Trump tweeted that "Major consideration is being given to naming ANTIFA an 'ORGANIZATION OF TERROR.' Portland is being watched very closely".

Thirteen people were detained for a variety of charges including disorderly conduct, interfering with police, unlawful use of a weapon, and possession of a weapon on the park, Police Chief Danielle Outlaw said.

AT LEAST 13 arrests were made in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday as white supremacists and anti-fascist activists held demonstrations in the U.S. west-coast city.

Metal poles, bear spray, shields and other weapons were taken from protesters by the authorities Saturday as hundreds of far-right protesters and counter-demonstrators crowded the downtown area, but there were no major incidents between the two factions.

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The Proud Boys, an all-male group condemned by the Southern Poverty Law Center for its ties to white nationalism, and those protesting their presence, on Saturday converged on Portland's downtown waterfront.

More than two dozen local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, were in the city.

Soon, punches were thrown by protesters and police escalated their efforts at crowd control, KOIN reports.

"We are now confronting the reality that in the United States we have a rising white nationalist movement based on white supremacy in this country", said Wheeler.

"The white nationalist, alt-right coalition that came to Portland were denied what they sought to create, which was large-scale civil disturbances", Ward said.

A statement on its website accuses far-right groups of planning "to bring their branded political violence to our streets" and encourages people "to defend Portland against far-right attack".

But experts said it's hard to determine whether Antifa is a terrorist group.

Also expected at the Saturday event are members of the American Guard, Three Percenters, Oathkeepers and Daily Stormers.

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