1 arrest as hundreds gather for Portland rallies

A "Trump Free Speech Rally" organized by the Patriot Prayer group is scheduled for 2 p.m. and anti-fascist chapters are planning a counter demonstration nearby.

The day of speeches and chants was ending in chaos late Sunday afternoon after police say Antifa protestors threw bricks and other projectiles at them.

Police at one point detaine. Several people in the group ran up to the truck and ripped out the flags, bringing them into the crowd as others applauded. Officers used pepper spray to push back the counterdemonstrators and closed the park where they had gathered, threatening to arrest anyone who remained.

Gibson said some of those security personnel would have permits to carry concealed handguns and some were affiliated with militia groups, Portland's Oregonian newspaper reported.

People identified as participating in criminal activity would be arrested, police said. Several journalists at the scene said they were blocked in, along with demonstrators, and were told by officers that they were detained pending investigation for disorderly conduct.

A Portland Tribune reporter tweeted that she was held but eventually released after police took photos of her ID. They also detained several dozen left-wing protestors, though it's not yet clear how many people were actually arrested.

Fletcher and the two others were killed after trying to defend the two women from "what would best be characterized as hate speech toward a variety of ethnicities and religions", Portland police said. Officers started to employ "impact weapons and chemical munitions" after protesters began throwing objects. His group - which isn't racist or alt-right, he says - shouldn't be held responsible for the actions of counter-demonstrators.

Hundreds of people are expected to gather in Portland, Oregon, for competing rallies following the fatal stabbing of two men on a light-rail train by a man police say was shouting anti-Muslim slurs.

Violence broke out in Portland, Oregon, as groups of demonstrators both supporting and opposing President Trump converged downtown Sunday amid escalating tensions. Kyle Chapman, the speaker for the planned event, told media earlier Sunday that it's good to see people "uniting under the banner of American nationalism".

"We build our hope and our stamina for justice by showing up", said Dulin, part of a coalition of groups that organized rally to oppose hate. Many of them filled the steps of City Hall, drummed and played music and held signs, some of which read "Our city is greater than hate" and "Black lives matter".

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler had asked the federal government to revoke permits for the "Trump Free Speech Rally", which is taking place in a park under federal jurisdiction.

Online threats of violence prompted a large law enforcement presence as police attempted to keep protesting groups separated. Christian, the man accused of stabbing two commuters to death who tried to stop him from hurling anti-Muslim insults at young women on a light-rail train came from a stable family and was a rambunctious teenager who spiraled out of control as he entered his teenage years, according to court records and acquaintances.

Police said on its Twitter account that the person was arrested by Federal Protective Service but provided no other details.

The organizers of the "Trump free-speech" rally said the event was created to be "an uplifting experience to bring back strength and courage to those who believe in freedom".

In a video posted on Facebook, Joey Gibson of the group Patriot Prayer condemned Christian and acknowledged that some rallies have attracted "legitimate Nazis".



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