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Antifa Attacks Police, Free Speech Activists During Oregon Rally, SPLC Blames Activists

Antifa Attacks Police, Free Speech Activists During Oregon Rally, SPLC Blames Activists
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Anarcho-Communist Antifa was at it again causing trouble and attacking police in Portland, Oregon on Sunday.

From Daily Caller:

Police made at least seven arrests Sunday after antifa protestors toting gas grenades and other projectiles descended on Patriot Prayer demonstrators in downtown Portland, Ore.

Patriot Prayer organizer Joey Gibson said the group only wanted to peacefully demonstrate for free speech, but antifa claimed the rally represented bigotry and fascism. Portland police documented the violence on Twitter, reporting that antifa protesters were loading sling shots and throwing tear gas grenades at officers, injuring at least two. Police did not specify whether those arrested in Portland were part of antifa or the Patriot Prayer rally, the Associated Press reported.

They also threw smoke bombs, rocks and other items at the police.

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In anticipation of the counter protests, the majority of Patriot Prayer demonstrators moved to a public amphitheater in nearby Vancouver, Wash. Antifa protestors followed the activists, however, and police in Vancouver made two arrests during the resulting confrontation. The nine people arrested face varying charges from police, including attempted theft, assaulting a police officer, and interfering with a police officer.

Who did the liberal Southern Poverty Law Center blame?

Why the Patriot Prayer group, of course, who was there, they said, on behalf of free speech and didn’t attack anyone.

“Joey Gibson’s ‘Patriot Prayer’ has trolled the Northwest with a series of rallies designed to provoke violence and populated with extremists,” David Neiwert wrote for SPLC.

“[Patriot Prayer] has organized a series of protests in the Pacific Northwest that have all been held in places that are established centers of liberal/left politics, all with the clear intent of attempting to provoke a violent response from far-left antifascists,” Neiwert added, pointing out the Antifa violence that occurred at other Patriot Prayer events.

How dare Gibson trigger those leftists! They would be home baking cookies and not attacking people and the police if Gibson hadn’t come out pushing that dastardly free speech thing!

For shame!

Of course, the SPLC doesn’t define Antifa as a hate group either, despite its violent actions and despite the Department of Homeland Security declaring its actions domestic terror.

But hey, it’s just love Antifa is sharing with the police.

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