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At Patriot Prayer March in Portland, Cops Declare Riot

After reports of assaults between group, antifa, march permit is revoked
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 1, 2018 6:03 AM CDT
At Patriot Prayer March in Portland, Cops Declare Riot
Washington Senate candidate Joey Gibson, left, who is the leader of Vancouver-based Patriot Prayer, leads a rally in downtown Portland, Ore., Saturday, June 30, 2018.   (Mark Graves/The Oregonian via AP)

(Newser) – Police in Portland, Oregon, declared a riot and ordered participants in a march by Patriot Prayer to disperse after officers saw assaults and projectiles being thrown. Police said Saturday that some arrests were made at the downtown protest, reports the AP. The problems occurred as two opposing protest groups—Patriot Prayer and antifa—took to the streets; the former group had a permit to march, and was organized by US Senate candidate Joey Gibson. Antifa met the marchers by throwing eggs and water bottles, and lighting firecrackers and smoke bombs, notes the Oregonian, and police used flash bangs in an effort to disperse the clashing protesters. Police revoked Patriot Prayer's march permit, and four people were hospitalized. (Read more immigration stories.)

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