Courtesy of CBS News:
Police in Portland, Oregon, used non-lethal riot control methods to control a crowd of hundreds of protesters gathered downtown on Saturday, CBS affiliate KOIN reports. Police started calling the demonstrations a “civil disturbance” but not a riot.
There were arrests and some injuries, but it wasn’t immediately clear how many. A reporter for The Oregonian/OregonLive was bloodied when he was struck by a projectile. Eder Campuzano said later on Twitter he was “okay.”
Demonstrators aligned with Patriot Prayer and an affiliated group, the Proud Boys, gathered around mid-day in a riverfront park.
Hundreds of demonstrators faced them from across the street, holding banners and signs with opposition messages such as “Alt right scum not welcome in Portland.” Some chanted “Nazis go home.”
A giant group of people from several opposing political groups, including right-wing Patriot Prayer and self-described anti-fascists — or “Antifa” — came face-to-face on either side of Southwest Naito Parkway, where police tried to keep them separated, according to KOIN. When protesters refused police orders to get out of the street, officers fired rubber bullets and used flash bangs to control the crowd. Authorities said demonstrators threw rocks and bottles at officers.
Officers stood in the middle of the four-lane boulevard, essentially forming a wall to keep the two sides separated.
The counter-protesters were made up of a coalition of labor unions, immigrant rights advocates, democratic socialists and other groups. They included people dressed as clowns and a brass band blaring music.
This is the third protest held in Portland by Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson.
The other two ended in violence as well.
I remember at the beginning of Trump’s presidency that one of the pundits on a cable news show said that he might damage the fabric of the country to such a degree that there would be violent protests in the streets just like in third world countries.
Welcome to the banana republic that once was the greatest country on earth.