Portland Preps For Violent Protests

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FILE–In this June 30, 2018, file photo, the Patriot Prayer group holds a rally and march in Portland, Ore., amid a protest by anti-fascist groups. Portland is bracing for what could be another round of violent clashes Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, between a right-wing group holding a rally here and self-described anti-fascist counter-protesters who have […]

Police in Portland, Oregon, are preparing for clashes that could turn violent when a rally organized by a right-wing group is met with self-described anti-fascist counter-protesters.
    
Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson says his followers will be bused to Portland Saturday with armed security and group members who will carry concealed guns.
    
Gibson has staged several similar marches in the liberal city in recent months that have ended with people hospitalized and arrested.
    
Gibson has said that he won’t stop bringing his followers to Portland until they can express their right-wing views without interference.
    
Self-described anti-fascists – or “antifa” – have been organizing to confront Patriot Prayer and an affiliated group known as the Proud Boys.
    
A broader counter-protest organized by a coalition of labor unions, immigrant rights groups and artists also will gather at City Hall.
 

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