Portland pro-Trump, anti-Trump demonstrations converge, sparking violence

June 5, 2017

Violence broke out in Portland, Oregon, as groups of demonstrators both supporting and opposing President Trump converged downtown Sunday amid escalating tensions.

Police said people hurled bricks and at least one gas bottle at officers in Chapman Square. Law enforcement fired back with “less-lethal chemical munitions,” according to police.

Officers arrested at least 14 people and confiscated various weapons, including what appeared to be a knife, brass knuckles and a homemade slingshot. They also had to dodge balloons filled with a foul-smelling liquid, Fox 12 reported.

In addition, officers detained a large crowd several blocks north of the pro-Trump rally. Several journalists at the scene said they were blocked in, along with demonstrators, and were told by officers that they were detained pending investigation for disorderly conduct. A Portland Tribune reporter tweeted that she was held but eventually released after police took photos of her ID.

5 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • grin-n-barrett says:

    If you show up at a demonstration in full coverage, black clothes, mask and gloves, you should immediately be arrested. If you are hiding, there is a reason.An innocent person doesn’t feel the need to hide their identity.

  • Bob says:

    I was watching the coverage of these groups on the news and found something interesting. On one side you had the pre-Trump folks, looked some what normal (there’s always that one guy…) and the folks who were interviewed said they were not there for trouble, but would defend themselves. The news readers seemed to imply that meant the group was going to cause trouble. they next went to the anti-Trump groups. Here we saw mostly young folks, dressed in black with masks, goggles, gloves and stuffed back packs, saying the others did not have the right to “spread hate”. The news readers did not seem to think they were there to cause trouble. I wonder which group saw the most arrests and had the most items seized? The news readers are not saying.

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  • Estoban says:

    There were thousands of protesters, and that’s great. Who were the rioters? Did any wear black hoods and masks?

  • Karll says:

    It’s past time for some skull cracking by the cops.

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