6 arrested after rightists, leftists face off in Oregon
PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) — Police in Oregon arrested six people after a faceoff between right-wing Patriot Prayer members and left-wing counter-demonstrators in Portland.
KOIN reports the arrests came after six hours of rallies, chants and skirmishes on Saturday.
Five were charged with interfering with a peace officer, including one who also faces a disorderly conduct charge. A sixth person is charged with harassment.
Oregonian/OregonLive reports the day began with a rally in support of survivors of sexual assault organized by Portland Popular Mobilization. It drew about 200 people.
Patriot Prayer member Haley Adams separately hosted a #HimToo rally countering the #MeToo movement. About 40 people attended.
Federal and municipal police kept the groups separate for most of the day.
Police say protesters tossed bottles and flares at officers. A few demonstrators tossed smoke bombs.