Portland clashes: Antifa, right-wing demonstrators clash, nearby gunshots ring out

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Hundreds of people took part in opposing rallies in Portland on Sunday to mark the one-year anniversary of a major clashes in the city and led to new violence and a nearby shooting that may be tied to the unrest.

A right-wing rally called “Summer of Love: Patriots Spreading Love not Hate” took place in a parking lot of a former Kmart and drew about 100 people. Tension increased when a van attempted to drive in, but crashed, KOIN-TV reported. There were “splinter groups” from left-wing counter-protests who confronted the right-wing group and the situation deteriorated at about 4 p.m., OregonLive.com reported. The report said both sides were armed with “bats, paintball guns and wooden spears.”

Members of the far-right Proud Boys clash with counter-protesters during rival rallies in Portland, Oregon, U.S., August 22, 2021.  REUTERS/David Ryder
(REUTERS/David Ryder)

“People were lighting fireworks and dispersing chemical spray, as well as firing what appeared to be paintball and/or airsoft guns,” police said in a statement. “Some property destruction was observed.”

The paper reported that city police took a “mostly hands-off approach” to the clashes. 

Fox News’ Lucas Manfredi and the Associated Press contributed to this report

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