Portland Braces for Antifa, Right-Wing Protesters this Saturday
Portland is bracing the city for Antifa and counter-right extremist protests tomorrow. Local counter-protesters plan to fight back against these “far-right groups.”
The protesters will include the anti-fascism group, known as “Antifa”. The militant group of left-wing extremists aims to fight against right-wing and alt-right ideologies.
The group usually wears all black and covers their face so police or opposing groups cannot identify them – also known as, “black bloc,”– so the group can move together as one. They usually seek to disrupt right-wing and alt-right protesters or speakers. The group has also been known to use social media to release personal information about far-right members in hopes of ruining their personal lives.
Earlier this year, conservative activists organized a “Free Speech Rally” in Washington, D.C. which resulted in both Antifa and far-right group, the Proud Boys, head-to-head in protests. The Proud Boys are expected to protest Antifa tomorrow.
Reports that the FBI labeled the group as an extremist group circulated last year, but was quickly combated by a subsequent statement from a high-ranking FBI agent, Renn Cannon, who stated the report was false.
“They are known for anti-Muslims and misogynistic rhetoric,” according to Southern Poverty Law Center. “Proud boys have appeared alongside other hate groups at extremists gatherings like the ‘Unite the Right’ rally in Charlottesville.”
Former founder of the Proud Boys, Gavin McInnes, has blamed “bad journalism” for the reputation of the Proud Boys and emphasized that the group is a conservative fraternity that gathers around drinks to talk politics.
On their website, the Proud Boys “confuse the media because the group is anti-SJW without being alt-right,” their home page reads. “‘Western chauvinist’ includes all races, religions, and sexual preferences.”
According to the Associated Press, other groups also expected to be there include Three Percenters and Oathkeepers – both considered extremist anti-government militias, and the American Guard, a U.S. nationalist group.
The American Guard released a press statement about the protests tomorrow:
“We are not coming to this city looking to initiate violence. Our purpose is simply to show that we can come and be heard. To show that Americans can still come to an American city, and exercise their freedoms of speech and assembly, without being silenced and intimidated by violent far-left terrorists. We, in the American Guard, are citizens of all backgrounds, races, and walks of life. We are an organization dedicated to defense.”
Mayor of Portland, Ted Wheeler, posted a video stating the city will not tolerate violence.
“To those people planning to come and inflict violence in our city, we don’t want you here,” Wheeler said. He also said he has ordered the Portland police to do “whatever is necessary,” to keep the citizens of Portland safe.
The mayor and other city leaders joined Wednesday morning for a press conference about to make it known that Portland will not accept violence. According to KOIN 6 News, the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) has been in touch with both the far-right and Antifa groups to prevent violent outbreaks. The PPB also released a map of where the protests will take place throughout the city.
This is not the first time the city of Portland has seen extremists in their town. On June 29, both far-right and Antifa were on the streets of Portland protesting when violence broke out. An Antifa protester violently assaulted conservative journalist Andy Ngo by beating him, throwing concrete and milkshakes at him, which resulted in a brain hemorrhage. There have been no arrests made.
The PPB announced Tuesday the Portland Police Bureau are looking for an Antifa protester who assaulted a right-wing protester during the June 29th protest, Joseph Christian Evans. Footage shows the victim, Adam William Kelly, assaulted by Antifa protesters.
Independent journalist and Scriberr News contributor Jorge Ventura will be reporting live from the protests Saturday. Follow @jorgeventuratv on Instagram for updates.
WHAT THE RIGHT IS SAYING: “Your home is a sanctuary for Antifa. You haven’t arrested a single person in three assaults against @MrAndyNgo (Andy Ngo), six weeks later. Antifa controls the streets of Portlandistan at every public gathering. You are fooling no one with these platitudes,” lawyer Harmeet K. Dhillon tweeted at Mayor Wheeler.
Fox News anchor question mayor Wheeler on the reason why no one has been arrested for the assault on Ngo.
WHAT THE LEFT IS SAYING: “Once again, right-wing protesters are coming to Portland to stage a protest. Portlanders must reject their message of hate as well as the violence that has characterized these clashes. It’s time Portland’s leaders and people reclaimed our city,” Opinion Editor of Oregonian, Helen Jung tweeted.