A black-clad Antifa mob hurled projectiles and destroyed gear at what seemed to be a peaceable occasion in Portland, Oregon, prompting a proper v left fracas on social media concerning the ambushed gathering’s true goal.
A “prayer occasion” held at a park in downtown Portland on Saturday was attacked by a bunch of left-wing activists who threw objects at attendees and assaulted them with pepper spray, the conservative Publish Millennial reported.
Organizers introduced the occasion final month, saying it will characteristic controversial Canadian preacher Artur Pawlowski. The Calgary pastor has made headlines for his vocal opposition and resistance to lockdown measures which have shuttered church buildings within the Canadian metropolis.
Surprising video recorded in Portland present a big group of antifa carrying shields & weapons transfer in to assault & shut down a household Christian prayer & worship occasion on the waterfront. Police didn’t intervene. pic.twitter.com/8JZuI1LPHo
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 8, 2021
Footage taken on the occasion exhibits black-clad Antifa members throwing projectiles on the occasion’s attendees, as a number of the masked activists shouted “No hate speech.”
“They threw a bomb already. We’ve bought youngsters right here,” the narrator of the video says.
The activists finally march as much as the stage. One Antifa member takes the microphone, saying: “All cops are bastards. Within the identify of Jesus, Amen.” The group of left-wingers then kick and destroy the sound gear. One black-clad particular person might be seen carrying a speaker to the close by Willamette River, apparently in order that they may toss it into the water.
A girl who attended the occasion later mentioned on digicam that the activists had thrown a “flash bomb into a bunch of youngsters,” some as younger as 4 months outdated.
“We have been about to have a worship occasion and Antifa simply rolled in like an indignant mob and began throwing flash bombs at all people, macing all people,” she mentioned.
In keeping with one of many militant antifa members who witnessed the violent direct motion, antifa threw the Christian group's sound gear into the Willamette River. The attendees, which included kids, have been hit with projectiles & pepper spray. pic.twitter.com/Fyh8SYjRa6
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 8, 2021
The incident reportedly didn’t lead to any arrests.
Whereas the violence elicited disgust and outrage amongst conservative pundits, many got here to Antifa’s protection, insisting that the occasion was nefarious.
A Portland minister responded to stories concerning the assault by insisting that the gathering was a “far-right political rally organized by a failed MAGA congressional candidate from CA.”
Christian minister in Portland right here. This was no “household Christian prayer occasion.” It was a far-right political rally organized by a failed MAGA congressional candidate from CA. Simply assume every little thing Andy Ngo Tweets is made up. https://t.co/jONqzKENRP
— Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie (@RevChuckCurrie) August 8, 2021
One Twitter consumer mentioned that she rode her bike to the half and noticed “gun-toting Proud Boys operating safety for this prayer service.”
Footage seems to indicate members of the right-wing group sporting paintball weapons close to the occasion’s location, nevertheless it doesn’t seem that they have been current when Antifa attacked the gathering. One other video, purportedly taken on the identical day, exhibits the group skirmishing with Antifa in downtown Portland. A police officer might be seen observing the mini-battle, however doesn’t intervene.
Nate Cisneros confirming that Behind Enemy Strains was answerable for organizing an armed group in attendance at Artur Pawlowski's occasion at present in Portland. pic.twitter.com/YpMvjU4UHl
— BehindEnemaLiesNews (@BehindEnemaLies) August 7, 2021
Far-right activists and anti-fascists confront one another in downtown, Portland police sit of their automotive and watch pic.twitter.com/6jpDpCB7ez
— Sergio Olmos (@MrOlmos) August 7, 2021
Antifa has been linked to months of unrest within the metropolis following the killing of George Floyd by the hands of the Minneapolis Police in Might 2020.
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