Portland, OR / 8/23/20 / 1100 / Protesters and counter protesters fight using pepper spray, baseball bats and paintball guns on Saturday

SIGACTS/SITREP:  A group of counter protesters demonstrated in downtown Portland on Saturday and were met with violence by antifa / blm members.  Skirmishes went back and forth until antifa / blm members, through their numbers, overwhelmed and routed the counter protesters. Police did not intervene because they did not have enough personnel to safely deal with the hundreds of individuals involved. 


RECOMMENDATION:  It is our 1st amendment right to peaceably assemble and protest, however, the local government of Portland will not enforce those rights for all citizens.   Therefore, it is recommended to avoid downtown Portland even to peaceably protest.  The count protesters were routed, then chased all the way back to their vehicles.  Antifa / blm took pictures of vehicles and people and those individuals are now subject to retaliation going forward at a time and place of antifa / blm’s choosing.

SOURCES: https://www.opb.org/article/2020/08/22/conservative-protesters-plan-rallies-in-downtown-portland/

https://www.newswars.com/live-coverage-of-portland-street-battles-reporters-on-the-ground/