In Portland, OR, on June 30, Joey Gibson, Patriot Prayer, Proud Boys, Nazis, and the usual assortment of alt-right nationalists showed up to hold a “Freedom & Courage Rally” at Terry Schrunk Plaza at 4 pm. The build up to this event has been a series of protests and counter-protests for the past 2 years, resulting in the occasional skirmishes between protesters and fascists (commonly aided by Portland Police Bureau). Days before the June 30th “rally”, chatter amoungst the attending alt-right and fascists strongly suggested and promoted an all out attack on counter protesters. Assisted by the initial shielding of DHS and PPB riot police, the fascists charged through openings in the police line that were granted to them BY THE POLICE. The violence that ensued is shocking to say the least, with imagery depicting levels of state-sanctioned street brutality against counter protesters reminiscent of the historical rise of fascist powers.
— Always Antifascist (@RoseCityAntifa) July 2, 2018
This violence has been costly to some of our comrades. Several arrests and serious injuries have thus far been reported, and the fear of future arrests for attendance and alleged actions taken by counter protesters is on many of our minds. The bravery of local counter protesters and antifascists must be recognized through the support of the community!
Donations will be used to assist in legal and other related expenses for those alleged counter-protesters arrested during the June 30th “Rally”. Any additional or unused funds will be donated to Rose City Antifa for their fundraiser for medical expenses related to the violence on June 30th.