Anti-Trump crowd, con­ser­va­tives clash at Portland free speech rally

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS -

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.

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