Members of the Proud Boys and their supporters march throughout a rally in Portland, Oregon, U.S., August 17, 2019. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
(Reuters) – Police in Portland, Oregon arrested at the very least 13 individuals on Saturday as a right-wing group marched to a downtown waterfront park and anti-fascist counterprotesters scuffled with officers who tried to maintain the 2 sides aside.
A rally by tons of of supporters of the right-wing Proud Boys group was met by an analogous variety of “antifa” opponents, and remoted clashes broke out between either side and between antifa and police because the gathering wrapped up.
Not less than 4 individuals have been being evaluated by paramedics for minor accidents, in accordance with police. Officers stated they seized weapons from a number of teams together with bear spray, shields, and metallic and wood poles.
Proper-wing and anti-fascist factions have clashed in Portland a number of occasions in latest months, together with a rally that turned violent in July final 12 months.
Hours forward of Saturday’s competing demonstrations, U.S. President Donald Trump stated “main consideration” was being given to designating antifa as a terrorist group.
“Portland is being watched very carefully. Hopefully the Mayor will have the ability to correctly do his job!” Trump wrote on Twitter.
Ted Wheeler, Portland’s mayor, stated he was not regarding himself with tweets from Washington.
“And admittedly, it’s not useful,” Wheeler informed CNN. “It is a probably harmful and unstable state of affairs.”
Reporting by Maria Caspani; Enhancing by Daniel Wallis