PORTLAND, Ore. — The Proud Boys, a far-right group, and various left-wing anti-fascist groups held rallies in North Portland on Saturday.
The Proud Boys held a rally at Delta Park at noon, though Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz denied their permit due to COVID-19 social distancing requirements.
The crowd was estimated to be in the thousands, which is why the permit was originally denied.
Portland Tribune reporter Zane Sparling captured video of an assault that took place at the rally. The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office has tweeted to say they are investigating it.
The crowd began to disperse around 1:40 p.m.
In response to the Proud Boys rally, multiple anti-fascist groups in support of the Black Lives Matter movement gathered at around the same time at North Portland's Peninsula Park, about three miles away.
Another group, Safe PDX Protest, met at Delta Park before the Proud Boys rally began.
Alyssa Pariah and Effie Baeum were co-emcees of the event in support of Black Lives Matter and anti-fascism on Saturday afternoon. They are with Democratic Socialists of America and PopMob Popular Mobilization.
The crowd began dispersing at around 3 p.m.
There was also a caravan that met at Vanport Historical Marker and made its way to Irving Park. It was a black-led and organized event in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese said police were expecting a crowd of 1,000 to 3,000 people at the Proud Boys demonstration. As of Saturday afternoon though only several hundred were in attendance at Delta Park.
A large law enforcement presence was in attendance, as Oregon State Police and the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office were ordered by Democratic Gov. Kate Brown to assist the Portland Police Bureau (PPB), taking the lead in crowd control during the anticipated demonstrations. Brown declared a weekend state of emergency for Portland citing the demonstrations by the Proud Boys as her paramount concern.
Additionally, OSP announced Saturday morning part of PPB's Rapid Response Team (RRT) was deputized as Federal Marshalls. This means if anyone attacks these newly appointed officers individuals could face federal prosecution for assault.
Brown said law enforcement will not tolerate any kind of violence during this weekend's events and that anyone who engages in criminal activity will be charged, prosecuted and held accountable.