Far-right and antifa groups both claim victory in Portland
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.
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