Groups plan another round of rallies in downtown Portland Friday, near site of Blues Fest
PORTLAND, Ore. —
As on any given sunny summer evening, thousands of people are expected to be in downtown Portland Friday, but another protest is brewing.
This week, Politico Magazine published an in-depth story about Portland's recent protests, which the writer Casey Michel says are about to "get worse." Fringe groups like the "free speech"-touting Patriot Prayer have been facing off against left-wing "antifa" (a shortened form of anti-fascist).
The groups have fought in the streets of Portland several times in the past few months, often leaving behind thousands of dollars in damages throughout downtown Portland, disrupting the daily lives of Rose City residents and impacting the local political climate.
And Friday evening, another face-off between the groups is likely.
Patriot Prayer has organized a "Freedom March" that's set to begin at 6 p.m. at the Waterfront. The event pledges that "fear will not silence Americans in these liberal strong holds. Please bring your best behavior."
Rose City Antifa has in turn scheduled a "Enough: Stop Patriot Prayer Now!" protest set to begin at 4 p.m. at the Salmon Street Fountain -- just a stone's throw away from the Waterfront.
Thousands of people will be in downtown Portland around the same time attending the Waterfront Blues Festival.