Far-right and antifa groups both claim vic­tory in Port­land

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PORT­LAND, Ore. — With both the left and the right declar­ing vic­tory fol­low­ing a long-hyped rally that had Port­land, Ore­gon, on edge it seems the lib­eral city will con­tinue to be a flash­point in an in­creas­ingly di­vided coun­try.

City of­fi­cials were re­lieved that a down­town gath­er­ing Satur­day of more than 1,000 far-right pro­test­ers and anti-fas­cist coun­ter­demon­stra­tors wasn't as vi­o­lent as feared.

“I'm grate­ful this was largely a peace­ful event,” Mayor Ted Wheeler said.

There were 13 ar­rests and po­lice seized bear spray, shields, poles and other weapons. But by us­ing bar­ri­ers and bridge clo­sures author­i­ties were able to mostly keep the two sides apart. Six mi­nor in­juries were re­ported.

Joe Biggs, the or­ga­nizer of the right-wing gath­er­ing that fea­tured the Proud Boys and other far-right groups, said they ac­com­plished their goal of draw­ing at­ten­tion to black-clad anti-fas­cist pro­test­ers, known as antifa, who showed up to meet them.

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump tweeted early Satur­day that “ma­jor con­sid­er­a­tion is be­ing given to nam­ing ANTIFA an ‘ORGANIZATI­ON of TERROR.' ” It wasn't im­me­di­ately clear what he meant by that be­cause there's no mech­a­nism for gov­ern­ment to de­clare a do­mes­tic organizati­on a terror group.

Biggs told The Ore­go­nian/Ore­gonLive he was pleased the rally at­tracted Trump's at­ten­tion.

But Eric Ward, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of the Port­land-based Western States Cen­ter, said the right-wing rally was a bust.

Ward said Biggs' groups cut short a planned five-hour rally af­ter only one hour and left.

But late Fri­day, the United States in­ter­vened, is­su­ing a war­rant for the ship and its cargo, claim­ing it was vi­o­lat­ing not only U.S. sanc­tions against Syria but also those against Iran.

The Gibraltar court ruled that the U.S. sanc­tions on Iran do not ap­ply in the EU.

The 26-year-old Grif­fin was charged with two counts of plac­ing a false bomb. He was ar­rested Satur­day in the Bronx.


In Bangladesh: A res­i­dent rests in a tem­po­rary shel­ter in the Mir­pur slum in Dhaka on Sun­day. At least 10,000 peo­ple are home­less af­ter a mas­sive fire swept through the crowded slum in the cap­i­tal and de­stroyed thou­sands of shanties, of­fi­cials said.

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