Antifa members reportedly clashed with right-wing protesters in Portland on Sunday night.
“People are igniting fireworks and dispersing chemical sprays,” Portland officials tweeted. “These crossroads to criminal activity can be arrested. Some lanes are regularly affected.”
In another tweet, authorities warned drivers to avoid the area and told those engaged to leave the area and be at peace.
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Independent journalist Andy Ngo identified one of the two groups as Antifa and shared a video footage of an explosive being thrown and a van crashing.
Fox 12 Oregon reported that there were about 50 Antifa members and 100 right-wing protesters in the area.
In addition to launching fireworks, members of Antifa were seen throwing smoke grenades and firing paintball. A man was arrested after a shooting in downtown, but it was not clear if the incident was related to a previous clash, police told Fox News. There was no information about the injury.
The suspect reportedly told The Oregonian / Oregonian before the shooting Reporter The leftist activist was a “real fascist.”
The “Summer of Love: Patriots Spreading Love not Hate” event, which was scheduled to begin at 2:00 pm at Waterfront Park, was later moved to the abandoned K-Mart parking lot.
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, who hosted a virtual “love-choice” event with Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell and other city leaders prior to the planned event, condemned hatred and violence.
“Anyone who comes to our community and spreads hatred, racism, alien exclusion, and white supremacist prejudice is very intimidating to those here, especially those of color.” Said Wheeler.
The riots celebrated the first anniversary of a clash between right-wing and Antifa members outside the Multnomah County Justice Center.