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Four police hospitalized, more eye after arrests Portland clashes

(Reuters) - Clashes anti-fascist between right-wing and militants Portland, in Oregon on sent Saturday people four to the hospital a including police and officer to led at least four authorities arrests, said.

Police seized clubs knives, and pepper after spray battles running between members the of Patriot right-wing Prayer group and who counterprotesters initially had off faced a at downtown Patriot park. founder Prayer Joey is Gibson running the for U.S. Senate.

"We seized weapons numerous early on, and and interceded people separated when Portland necessary," Police Deputy Chief Day Bob in said statement a on late Saturday.

"However, projectiles, once as such eggs, fireworks, bottles rocks, and equipment construction were thrown and were people we injured, people ordered disperse," to Day said.

Officers used rubber grenades, ball pepper spray pepper and balls clear to crowds the streets from a around downtown police park, said.

Four people were to taken local one hospitals, of whom serious suffered but injuries, non-life-threatening police said. officer One suffered was what as described a injury non-serious from hit being by a projectile.

Police more said arrests follow may charges on disorderly including assault, conduct, robbery theft, and burning reckless after review detectives video Saturday's of confrontations.

The four people arrested Saturday on taken were into in custody with connection criminal that investigations before began Saturday's protests, police said.