Anger over a recent left-wing demonstration boiled over in Portland — propelling conservatives into downtown streets for a three-hour counter-protest march that soon devolved into scuffles, shouting and attacks.
The Portland Tribune reports,
Yelling resounded off buildings, flash bangs blasted, the police loudspeaker crackled and the smell of pepper spray wafted through the air as the twilight march broke down into random street skirmishes by 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13.
Portland Police said they observed “assaultive” behavior and began clearing streets, at times putting their hands on journalists and bystanders in order to encourage compliance. They also fired less-lethal ammunition.
A spokesperson said they made no arrests and are not aware of anyone who was transported to the hospital. Officers witnessed people carrying “hard-knuckled gloves, firearms, batons and knives” but did not seize any weapons.
“We will continue to investigate this incident and ask that anyone who was the victim of a crime to come forward and file a report,” Police Chief Danielle Outlaw said in a news release.
One of the first tussles apparently occurred on Washington Street near Kelly’s Olympian bar. Video accounts posted on social media showed that people were clubbing and stomping each other after being squirted with pepper spray.
Earlier in the day, members of the right organized under the banner of Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson — a well-known political activist and one-time Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Washington — for a “Flash March for Law and Order” from 6 to 8 p.m.
“There’s people that are running around and assaulting innocent bystanders,” Gibson said in an interview. “The mayor didn’t do a damn thing about it.”
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