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Patriot Prayer, Antifa Rumble in Portland

4 arrested in Oregon amid scuffles between protesters, counter-protesters
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 5, 2018 6:22 AM CDT
Police prepare to push back against protesters Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Portland, Ore. Small scuffles broke out Saturday.   (Mark Graves /The Oregonian via AP)
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(Newser) – The Portland Police Bureau says four people were arrested during rowdy protests between right-wing activists and self-described anti-fascists. The bureau says in a statement that officers also seized "multiple weapons throughout the day," reports the AP. The rally was organized by Joey Gibson, leader of right-wing leaning group Patriot Prayer. It drew hundreds of supporters and counter-protesters, and there was a heavy police presence as similar gatherings have turned violent. Just before 2pm police ordered crowds to disperse, saying protesters had thrown rocks and bottles at officers.

A reporter for the Oregonian/OregonLive was injured when he was struck by a projectile during rowdy protests. Eder Campuzano was bloodied Saturday afternoon but said in a tweet published on the newspaper's website that he was "okay" and was going to get evaluated. Police deployed "flash bangs" and other devices to try to disperse the crowds. Authorities say demonstrators threw rocks and bottles at officers. The rally was the third organized by Gibson to roil Portland this summer.

(Read more Patriot Prayer stories.)

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