Several injured in Portland protests

Right-wing activists Patriot Prayer, antifa clash at Portland protests

Right-wing activists Patriot Prayer, antifa clash at Portland protests

An organizer of the protest criticized the police for "allowing" the antifa protesters "to charge us when we have a permit", according to KOIN.

First responders treated several people on scene, and one of the four transported to the hospital by ambulance received a "serious injury", police say. The event was organized by activist Joey Gibson, a U.S. Senate candidate for Washington and leader of Patriot Prayer.

Police officials said that officers used rubber ball grenades, pepper spray, and pepper balls to clear the crowds.

Clashes broke out between the right-wing Patriot Prayer, which held an afternoon rally and march downtown, and anti-fascists who countered them. Portland Police tweeted that they used aerial distractions, such as pepper spray, to disperse the riot, and denied reports that they used tear gas.

"We seized numerous weapons early on, and interceded and separated people when necessary", Portland Deputy Police Chief Bob Day said in a statement late on Saturday.

The four people arrested on Saturday were taken into custody in connection with criminal investigations that began before Saturday's protests, police said.

During the protests, one of the far-right protesters later arrested by police, Tusitala "Tiny" Toese told KGW that his commitment to his Patriot Prayer "family" was unflappable.

The last time this happened was back on June 3 where clashes happened in a demonstration near City Hall in Portland. In Saturday's clash, a group called Eugene Antifa made a Facebook event, according to CBS News, where they gave their reason for doing what they do. "It is very important that antifascists keep up the pressure so that we can stop them once and for all", it wrote.

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