(The Post Millennial) Antifa militants violently disrupted a right-wing event in Portland, Oregon on Sunday and instigated various acts of violence which led to clashes between opposing groups, according to reports.
Hundreds of black bloc Antifa arrived at Portland’s Waterfront Park on Sunday to counter-protest the “Summer of Love: Patriots Spreading Love not Hate” event which was scheduled to begin at 2 PM.
However, the right-wing group moved to a different location at an abandoned K-Mart parking lot in NE Portland to escape threats of violence.
Though not outnumbered, #antifa ran and retreated at the riot in northeast Portland. The clashes started after antifa crashed a van at the right-wing rally and jumped out throwing homemade explosives. It led to intense clashes spilling onto street. pic.twitter.com/57QfCfJfVo— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 23, 2021
Many members of Antifa were armed with various different weapons. Reports indicate that that two members were seen with AR-15’s and SKS rifles.
The Portland Police Bureau announced Friday in a press release that law enforcement officers would not be intervening to protect residents from the riotous activity expected to take place.
In addition, Antifa committed acts of violence towards a street preacher, members of the press, and assaulted a homeless man that had a “don’t tread on me” bumper sticker on his car.
Once the opposing groups dispersed, Antifa erected an “autonomous zone” at Salmon Springs Park in Downtown Portland.
The Salmon Springs Park Autonomous Zone, The SSPAZ, sees its first official act as a new country after setting up borders. As before in The CHAZ, the Antifa within demand to see papers before granting interview or access to streamers. Then Antifa attack them with some crazy spray pic.twitter.com/gOVHJOs6tL— Alan Bings (@AlanBings) August 23, 2021
PORTLAND: Watch as Portland ANTIFA pull riot shields out of a car with covered license plates— Drew Hernandez (@DrewHLive) August 23, 2021
Luis Enrique Marquez again walks by and attempts to stop someone from filming the criminal activity pic.twitter.com/I5ECP8RgMJ
Shocking video from yesterday’s Portland riot shows antifa robbing female photographer @MaranieRae & hitting her to the ground. She goes to retrieve her equipment & is hit w/pepper spray. Video by @JLeeQuinn: pic.twitter.com/rCkaybcfUR— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 23, 2021