Three people were arrested after an Antifa demonstration against a canceled Ku Klux Klan meeting in Oregon, while protesters destroyed a war memorial and threw concrete at the police.
The chaotic demonstration began at Lownsdale Square Park in Portland after it was revealed that the Ku Klux Klan was planning a white supremacist rally, Portland Tribune reports.
The publication had previously reported that Steven Shane Howard – a former imperial wizard from Northern Mississippi – had announced the rally.
However, the Portland Police Bureau said the group – which they did not officially identify the KKK – canceled the weekend rally at around 11 AM that morning.
Counter-protesters, including members of Antifa, met on Saturday in Lownsdale Square Park in Portland, Oregon
The group was reportedly there to protest a Ku Klux Klan rally, but still arrived after the KKK canceled their event
The cancellation did not prevent Protestants, including Antifa members, from arriving at the park as planned and eventually becoming a public nuisance.
Effie Baum from PopMob, who organized a counter-protest, said: “We actually planned this knowing that it would most likely be a victory party without much” hurray “.
“We still have to show up, because the risk of not coming up is much greater.”
Officers remained on the fringes of the event while it remained peaceful, but intervened when members of the demonstration became hostile.
“Some people in the group began to act violently and threateningly against attendees who took photos and videos legally. Officers responded to specific criminal acts, “authorities said in one statement.
They say protesters began using umbrellas with metal ends to work towards civilians and chase them down the street, as well as vandalize near walls and a memorial with spray paint.
Some people used spraypains to destroy a war memorial in Lownsdale Square Park with anti-police rhetoric
Photos shared by the Portland authorities show messages with the text “All police are Bastard” and “Death police”
Authorities are still looking for one of the vandals and have offered a $ 2500 reward for information about their whereabouts
The written messages include ‘Punch Cops’, ‘Kill Cops’, ‘All Cops are Bastards’ and what seems to say ‘F *** the KKK’.
One of those people was eventually arrested by the police after being chased by officers on bicycles.
At one point, authorities tried to arrest a man who bumped into the crowd. This led to a stand-off, singing and the officers who went backwards, reports Portland Tribune.
Guard images captured the moment when an Antifa member used spray paint to violate the war memorial
The chaotic demonstration led to a major response from the Portland authorities, who said that this would limit their ability to respond to calls
During the demonstration, protesters threw stones, concrete, coats of arms and food at officers on the spot
Individuals threw stones, concrete, coats of arms and food at officers.
At least two fire bombs, believed to be fire guns, were thrown into the street as the traffic passed.
The event lasted four hours, prompting the authorities to respond with a large police presence, limiting their ability to answer service calls throughout the city.
Portland Fire and Rescue physicians treated three victims for pepper spray exposure.
Video footage shows how a man named Brandon Brown is poked with umbrellas before he gets into a physical argument with a group of counter-protesters.
He is eventually sprayed with pepper by an unknown attacker. It is unclear what preceded it.
Doctors treated three people who had been sprayed with pepper on Saturday, including a man poked with umbrellas by demonstrators
Another person was injured when they were hit by a vehicle. They were transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Mary Jean Dowell arrived at the protest to condemn President Donald Trump and the government, but was pushed into the street and said “go home.”
Dowell said: “They are here to provoke a riot and I am here to stop it. Unfortunately this is an urban battlefield and I am a retired soldier. ”
Some people at Lownsdale Square Park just wanted to listen to a live band game, according to Oregon Live.
Regarding the event, Chief Jami Resch said: “I want to acknowledge the members of the community who came down to meet peacefully and to exercise their freedom of expression.”
Dowell: “They are here to provoke a riot and I am here to stop it. Unfortunately this is an urban battlefield and I am a retired soldier ‘
Police in riot equipment arrest Brandon Farley (center) during the crime protest
“Unfortunately, a group of people chose to display dangerous, illegal behavior. I appreciate the thoughtful, measured response from our officers and law enforcement partners.
“The actions of a small group had a negative impact on public safety throughout the city because resources had to be diverted to this event.”
Authorities noted that freedom of expression and assembly are protected by the Constitution regardless of speech or adaptation to the Portland values.
The Sheriff office of Multnomah County said that Brandon Farley, 31, was charged with disorderly conduct and Heaven Davis, 19, was charged with felony crime.
Willy Cannon, 25, was charged with a crime for abusing a memorial and a crime for criminal mischief.
The police offer a reward of up to $ 2500 for information about the suspect who destroyed the war memorial.
The recent demonstration led to indignation on social media, causing the hashtag #AntifaTerrorists to lead to trend on Twitter.
“Reminder that you don’t have to kill people to be a terrorist,” a man said, adding a screenshot of the definition of terrorist.
He added later: ‘It is strange that Twitter has decided to push this hashtag as pro-antifa #AntifaTerrorists. I am all for anti-fascism, I am not for disorganized violence against people who have not started fighting. I am also against Antifa who is fighting Jews who run from holocaust museums and reporters
‘Glad to see #AntifaTerrorists trending. Maybe people have finally woken up how bad that organization is, “another person said.
The recent demonstration led to outrage on social media, causing the hashtag #AntifaTerrorists to lead to trend on Twitter
Several users condemned both the protest and the Antifa, with this man who said: “I am all for anti-fascism, I am not for unorganized violence against people who have not started fighting”
‘Glad to see #AntifaTerrorists trending. Maybe people have finally woken up how bad that organization is, “one person wrote.
Other social media users claimed that Antifa was not inherently criminal.
“The KKK has killed thousands, Antifa has killed 0, but only one of them is listed as a domestic terrorist group and it is not the KKK #AntifaTerrorists.”
One man said what he called “real domestic terrorists.”
“The real domestic terrorists,” he wrote.
‘Shooting Charleston Church – 9 dead. El Paso shoots -22. MAGA Bomber – 16 pipe bombs sent (thwarted). Charlottesville auto attack – 1 dead, 28 injured. 3 white nationalists arrested to kill protesters in VA, #AntifaTerrorists. “
“The KKK has killed thousands, Antifa has killed 0, but only one of them is listed as a domestic terrorist group and it is not the KKK #AntifaTerrorists”
A user mentioned individual incidents that he defined as “the real domestic terrorists”
Facts about Antifa
Antifa, derived from Anti-Fascist, is a political protest movement that usually consists of militant anti-fascists and extreme left-wing individuals.
They are against neo-Nazis, neo-fascism, white supremacists and racism and alt-right.
They are characterized by their tendency to dress completely in black, as well as their affinity for masks and helmets. They also have a strong presence on social media.
Although some say the movement began in the 1920s and 1930s, the modern Antifa movement came into existence in the 1980s with a group called Anti-Racist Action. Members of the group would confront neo-Nazi skinheads.
The movement remained dormant until the rise of President Donald Trump and is called alt-right.
Alt-right tends to avoid conservatism of the “established order”, is young and “embraces white ethnic nationalism as a fundamental value.”
Antifa made a remarkable appearance at the controversial Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017.
The Unite the Right Rally, based on white supremacy and neoN-Nazi values, ended in chaos when several wounded fell and one woman died.