Anti-Trump crowd, conservatives clash at Portland free speech rally
PORTLAND, ORE. | Police have shut down a counterprotest at a public square in downtown Portland, Oregon, because they say demonstrators were hurling bricks and other objects at officers.
Portland police cleared people out of Chapman Square near where a free speech rally was being held Sunday afternoon. Officers are using “less-lethal chemical munition” such as tear gas to disperse the crowds.
Police said people gathered at the free speech rally organized by the conservative group Patriot Prayer and other counterprotesters at City Hall were not involved.
The pro-Donald Trump free speech rally organized by a conservative group called Patriot Prayer drew hundreds to a plaza near City Hall.
Rally organizer Joey Gibson told the crowd that the goal is to wake up the liberty movement. “It’s OK to be a conservative in Portland,” he said.
Demonstrators chanted “USA” and held banners in support of President Trump.
At least three people have been arrested in a day of protests that drew thousands to the blocks around City Hall with competing messages.
The events follow the fatal stabbing of two Portland men who tried to stop another man’s anti-Muslim tirade.