Portland is bracing for a battle.
Over the weekend, the liberal Oregon town will host dueling demonstrations: one by groups which have been labeled white nationalist and white supremacist, and the other courtesy of pro-fascism group Antifa.
The city’s oldest Antifa organization, Rose City, recently announced that violence perpetrated against right-wing demonstrators is “exactly what should happen when the far-right attempts to invade our town.”
Looks like a fun time will be had by all.
Needless to say, the police department’s gonna have to be ready and waiting. As reported by Fox News, not one of Portland’s 1,000 officers will have the day off, and the force will be bolstered by Oregon State Police as well as the FBI.
Furthermore, Gov. Kate Brown has said she may even call up the Oregon National Guard.
She’s not wrong — just watch this video for a very disturbing look at a member of the violent, masked pro-fascists.
And there’s this from Fox:
Experts who track right-wing militias and hate groups warn that the mix of people heading to Portland also came together for a Unite the Right rally in 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia, which ended when a participant rammed his car into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing one and injuring 19.
A 5K race had also been penciled-in for Saturday; it was wisely rescheduled. Additionally, an amateur boxing match at an Irish bar was nixed.
Sounds like a good day to stay inside.
But if ya just gotta hit the streets, plan on seeing appearances by Proud Boys, the American Guard, and the Three Percenters, the Oathkeepers, and the Daily Stormers.
More from Fox:
Joe Biggs, an organizer of Saturday’s rally, said the attack on [conservative journalist Andy Ngo] made him decide to hold the event with the goal of getting Antifa declared a domestic terrorist organization. Biggs said those coming to Portland have been told not to bring weapons or start fights, but they will defend themselves if attacked.
Biggs toned down his online rhetoric after the El Paso shootings and urged followers coming to Portland to keep a cool head. He said he is not racist — he has a toddler daughter with his Guyanese wife — but wants to show the world the violent tactics of Antifa.
“That group of Antifa there in Portland needs to be exposed for who they are,” Biggs said in a phone interview with The Associated Press. “And guess what? They should be scared.”I’ll say it again: Good day to hole up.
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