A small protest called #HimToo organized by the Right-Right Group Patriot Prayer was met by hundreds of counter-protesters in Portland…
A small protest called #HimToo organized by the Right-Right Group Patriot Prayer was met by hundreds of counter-protesters in Portland on Saturday, CBS Portland affiliates KOIN reports. The protests were meant to be peaceful, but conflicts began when the groups began to spread.
Portland police said six people were arrested.
Portland police tweeted around 5 p.m. PT as officers had observed protesters with weapons. “If protesters use weapons, you are subject to citing, arrest and potential use of violence,” pointed the Portland police.
Police also reported that glass bottles were thrown. Tear gas and explosives went off when the crowd marched through the streets singing “Nazis, go home!” Police in riot equipment came in different places to keep the protesters on the sidewalks, KOIN reports.
The American Democratic Socialists at Portland held the first rally, which started at 1
1:30. Portland DSA tweeted the stands “with survivors and oppressors. Fascists out of our city!”
“The only thing that strikes fascists is a wider variety of anti-fascists,” said Portland DSA Co-President Emily Golden-Fields at today’s first session.
They marched to Chapman Square, where they met with the Popular Mobiles Group for a rally called #SupportersAre Everywhere, according to Oregonian / OregonLive.
These rallies ended at 1.30 am, while antifa supporters in their hoodies and black masks plus hundreds of others linged along the sidewalks, when the police repeatedly made speaker announcements, KOIN reports.
These protests were designed to counter the rally planned at 2 pm across the street at Terry Schrunk Plaza called #HimToo, led by activists from right-wing Patriot Prayer group.
At the #HimToo collection, Joey Gibson and his patriot prayer talked and danced about Tusitala “Tiny” Toese. KOIN reports that there were no more than 75 people at the demonstration.
“One of the things I like most about is similarity,” said Gibson. “We believe everyone has equal opportunities. We look at statements and evidence.”
Various speakers made the argument that men are constantly overshadowed and told their experiences does not matter. Speaker Christopher Foster urged people to “join in the fight for rights for men and women’s responsibility.”
Another speaker with a southern accent told KOIN that he drove all the way from Arkansas to speak at the # HimToo rally. While he said he did not prepare a speech, he shouted against the “Solitaire of the Democratic Women” and defended Roy Moore.
Saturday’s protests were only three days after an orthodoxy to settle protests by Portland City Council. Mayor Ted Wheeler proposed the word to regulate time, place and manner of protests that were expected to be violent, KOIN reports.