Violent clashes broke out Saturday afternoon in downtown Portland between proper and left wing activists over a Christian prayer occasion.
Members of right-wing group Proud Boys and left wing Antifa demonstrators converged on the Tom McCall Waterfront Park for an occasion scheduled for midday in downtown Portland by Canadian Protestant Christian preacher Artur Pawlowski.
Pawlowski is understood for his public opposition to abortions, homosexuality and most lately masks guidelines, calling police who implement them ‘Nazis’ in a YouTube video posted forward of Easter this yr.
Round 50 folks attended the occasion, and video reveals the black-clad Antifa demonstrators armed with shields and umbrellas, disrupting it with smoke bombs and what seemed to be pepper spray, and knocking over the occasion’s speaker system.
One of many demonstrators commandeering a microphone and could be heard saying, ‘All Cops are B*******, within the title of Jesus,’ over the audio system.
Violent Antifa protestors could be seen disrupting a prayer occasion at a park in Portland Saturday afternoon
Clad in black, they’re seen shouting at attendees and aggressively strolling as much as them
The Antifa demonstrators periodically spray members on the prayer group with a yellowish/brown liquid
The demonstrators could be seen knocking over the prayer group’s soundsystem
The Antifa members throw smoke bombs in the midst of the occasion as nicely
‘Antifa had threatened to beat folks up and do what they do — after which they confirmed up and did it,’ an attendee on the occasion advised the Portland Tribune.
‘The police weren’t even removed from there they usually had been laughing of their autos and doing their factor. It is in all probability onerous to care as an officer in a spot the place they take away all of your funding.’
One other girl on the scene advised a videographer filming the occasion that the Antifa activists had been throwing flash bombs, typically in shut proximity to youngsters.
‘We had been about to have a worship occasion, and Antifa simply rolled in like an indignant mob, began throwing flash bombs at everyone, macing everyone, rotten eggs at everyone, black paint,’ she stated.
One Antifa member stated on social media that the group had thrown a few of the prayer group’s speaker tools within the close by river.
After crashing the prayer group the Antifa (left) then clashed with Proud Boys members within the streets of downtown Portland
Armed with paintball weapons the Proud Boy demonstrators continued their standoff with the Antifa members
The Proud Boys members then seem to maneuver off, an area outlet stated a few of the group piled right into a pickup truck and drove off
Police had been close by however didn’t intervene. There have been no reported arrests from the incident
The member, Melissa Lewis, had introduced on social media that her group could be there to disrupt the prayer occasion, ‘Welcome to Portland,’ she tweeted. ‘You will not prefer it right here, Pastor.’
One other stated they’d stolen the prayer group’s meals and water.
‘Right this moment anarchists in Portland expropriated sandwiches and water from the fascist hate preachers and gave them to the houseless,’ the member wrote.
Regardless of the disruptions, the occasion lasted for about 90 minutes, the Portland Tribune reported, and after, members of Proud Boys gathered close by within the park.
The 2 teams seem on video to have a standoff that turns right into a shouting match, which then strikes within the streets exterior of the park, the Tribune reported.
Left wing activist bragged about disrupting the occasion on social media
The clashes surrounded a prayer occasion organized by Canadian firebrand pastor Artur Pawlowski
Additional video of the confrontation reveals the group of Proud Boys members shifting down a close-by road armed with paintball weapons, as one of many Antifa members sprays them with a brown/yellowish liquid.
Portland police could be seen sitting of their automobile close by the confrontation, however don’t intervene.
The Portland Police Division didn’t instantly return a request for remark.
Ultimately, the Tribune reported, the 2 sides separated, because the Proud boys members hopped right into a pickup truck and drove away.
Commentators from completely different ends of the political spectrum on-line framed the occasion in a different way
There have been no arrests on the scene, based on the outlet.
Conservative commentator Andy Ngo tweeted that Antifa had sought to, ‘shut down a household Christian prayer & worship occasion on the waterfront.’ Noting that police didn’t intervene.
In the meantime Portland-based pastor Rev. Chuck Currie from the United Church of Christ, framed the prayer occasion as political.
‘This was no “household Christian prayer occasion,” he tweeted. ‘It was a far-right political rally.’