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Police in Portland, Oregon, made seven arrests Sunday as antifa radicals threw rocks and smoke bombs at officers, creating chaos even after a scheduled Patriot Prayer rally was moved to Washington state in a bid to avoid violence.
The department also reported that photographers were being attacked by the antifa, the loose-knit “anti-fascist” groups known for their black masks and use of violence to shut down conservative speakers.
“Thank you for supporting the freedom of speech,” said one speaker, who wore an American flag draped over his shoulder. “I walked into downtown Portland at the Salmon fountain and I was met with hostility and hatred. I was assaulted, shot with a slingshot, hit, punched and kicked. The police were completely outnumbered. They couldn’t even defend us.”
Another speaker read Bible verses and led the crowd in prayer. As she spoke, the chants of protesters could be heard in the background chanting “Go home, Nazis” on video posted on Mr. Gibson’s page on Facebook.
PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Police took seven demonstrators into custody Sunday after a "Patriot Prayer" Free Speech rally was met with counter protesters in Portland's Waterfront Park.
Counter-protesters also gathered in Waterfront Park on Sunday afternoon, at one point pushing over a police barricade that separated the two groups. It appears one person was detained in the park before officers in tactical gear filed into the park.
PORTLAND -- Violence broke out between opposing groups at an anti-white nationalist rally in Portland that left at least one police officer injured, CBS affiliate KOIN-TV reports.
Police made several arrests in the city's downtown area as two groups faced off over different views on white nationalism.
The Portland Police Department tweeted that marchers and residents should clear the area for their own safety, adding that officers reported protesters attacking photographers and that projectiles were thrown at officers. They said several arrests were made and at least one officer was injured.
Makes my head hurt. So the next time you read something that pushes your buttons--whether it's slanted left, slanted right, or turned inside out--read it a second time with a super-critical eye. Then look for the same story from half a dozen sources. Then, if you're lucky, you might get a half-way unbiased account of what really happened.
originally posted by: Bluntone22
a reply to: riiver
The most disturbing line in your post is the first line.
You had to, or felt you needed to state that you were not a Nazi.
Just having a discussion today will get you a label.
Very sad state we are in today..
originally posted by: Justso
Sadly, in reality, people don't change their viewpoints-doesn't matter what the news says or their neighbor, or co-workers or marital partners.
These rallies are just to start trouble-they don't educate, raise awareness or change people's opinions. They are there for attention and to make them feel like they are doing something for their own personal cause as a part of a group.
Giving them attention is what they want-they love being arrested-something to brag about-makes them feel important-they have a raison d'etre. They are poor misguided attention-seeking lost souls.
We need to just let them be-don't respond with an anti-rally-and let them be-free speech and all. They'll stop like an ignored toddler pitching a fit if they don't get press.