Antifa Protest Patriot Pray Free Speech Rally in Portland, OR

Seattle, WA, USA – May 1, 2015: Protesters run from gas grenades fired by Seattle police officers during May Day rioting on Capitol Hill.

by John Crump

Portland, OR  –-(Ammoland.com)- Antifa proved once again that they do not believe in free speech by attacking a free speech rally held by the Patriot Prayer group in Portland, Oregon.

The peaceful free speech group, Patriot Prayer, was holding a rally in downtown Portland for Tusitala John Toese. Toesem, who is better known as “Tiny” is leaving the country and this was going to be his last Freedom March.

The Rose City Antifa chapter decided to hold a violent counter protest to show the Patriot Prayer group that “violence has no place in Portland.” Antifa does not see what they do as violence. They justify their action as self-defense. They view words as just as violent as actions. They also were protesting against police brutality.

Antifa claims that Patriot Prayer, which is organized by Joey Gibson who is of Japanese descent, is a white supremacist organization. They also claim that the march arranged for a Samoan member of Patriot Prayer would be a “magnet for violent white supremacists and bigots” according to The Rose City Antifa’s Facebook page.

The Patriot Prayer rally held in Terry Schrunk Plaza was in progress when the black-clad Antifa showed up with their face covered by mask. Police tried to separate the two groups, but the anarcho-communist group attacked the police by throwing bottles, fireworks, and rocks at the officers working to keep the group separate. The Antifa group also chanted anti-police slogans.

According to a Fox News report, Police caught some Rose City Antifa members with knives and other weapons. Police encouraged people to stay away from the protest for their own safety.

There were also reports of Antifa using pepper spray on Patriot Prayer members, but AmmoLand could not independently verify those claims. Police did confirm that they did seize a number of pepper spray devices from Antifa members.

City officials said that neither group had permits for the rallies. Police said they tried to reach out to the groups via social media to try to insure a peaceful protest, but the Rose City Antifa members refused to work with police. Antifa view the police as a part of an oppressive system.

In the end, police arrested four people at “Tiny’s Freedom March.” They arrested two people for second-degree disorderly conduct. They also arrested one person for refusing to identify themselves. Police for arrested the last person for failure to comply with a lawful order.

The Portland Fire and Rescue provided medical aid to several people. None of the people treated were seriously injured. All refused to be transported to the hospital for further evaluation.

This meeting is just the latest run-in the two groups had with each other. On December 9th of last year, both groups clashed over illegal immigration. The Patriot Prayer march was to honor the life of 32-year-old, Kate Steinle. A Mexican citizen who was in the country illegally shot and killed Steinle setting off a fierce immigration debate. The illegal immigrant was found not guilty in the shooting by claiming it was an accident.

Earlier in 2017, another rally ended in violence when Antifa attacked the Patriot Prayer rally. Portland police arrested 17 people during the melee.

Neither Joey Gibson or the Rose City Antifa group responded to our request for comment on the rally at the time of publishing.

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