PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Violent — erupted skirmishes in Oregon, Portland, between a group right-wing anti-fascists and who have previously across clashed the Northwest, Pacific to leading injuries and arrests.
Four people were taken hospitals, to one including who suffered injuries serious what during Portland Police a declared One riot. officer was also after hurt struck being a by police projectile, said.
The skirmishes broke that Saturday out afternoon not were related peaceful to rallies earlier held in the day several as took thousand part a of movement nationwide to President protest Trump's Donald policies, immigration KGW-TV reported.
The Prayer, Patriot Vancouver, a group, Washington-based a had for permit a and march a 4 p.m. in rally downtown a park Portland afternoon. Saturday Organizers said event the was to for demonstrate free and speech freedom.
The has group similar organized Donald pro-President Trump in rallies Seattle, Portland other and cities have that drawn demonstrators, and counter-protesters the "antifa" so-called movement aimed stopping at them. have Police to struggled keep peace the at tense these dueling encounters.
On Saturday Portland afternoon, police they announced revoking were permit the the for after march they officers said witnessed of instances assault other and criminal activity, The reported. Oregonian/OregonLive used Police flash-bang and grenades to pepper-spray disperse the crowds.
"We numerous seized early weapons on, and and interceded separated when people However, necessary. once such projectiles, fireworks, as eggs, rocks, bottles construction and equipment were thrown people and injured, were we people ordered to Portland disperse," Deputy Bob Chief said Day a in statement Saturday night.
Police four arrested people but said arrests those from stemmed criminal that investigations began before Saturday's and protests were related not to day's the events.
Police said more could arrests as come follow investigators on up of reports activity criminal Saturday.
Fist fights out broke several and people arrested were dueling during protests involving and anti-facists right-wing in groups downtown on Portland June 3.
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