(National Sentinel) Opening Shots: Oddly, the city of Portland, Oregon, has become ground zero for confrontations between domestic terrorists belonging to anarchist group Antifa and pro-liberty, pro-Trump Americans who support law and order and the Constitution.
A month ago, a riot broke out between members of conservative Christian group Patriot Prayer and Proud Boys on one side, and Antifa thugs on the other.
As reported by The Oregonian:
A counter-demonstration by masked local anti-fascist groups gathered nearby among a heavy police presence. Officers seized weapons such as utility knives, clubs and chemical sprays, detaining several protesters early on.
Things turned ugly shortly after 6 p.m., when Patriot Prayer protesters spilled into Third Avenue to begin their permitted march through the streets of Portland.
Antifascist counter-demonstrators immediately began lobbing eggs, half-empty water bottles and firecrackers at the conservative marchers, prompting federal police to fire paintballs filled with pepper spray into the crowd.
Another free speech rally has been planned for Aug. 4, and this time things could really get violent.
Some members of Antifa are discussing coming to the rally armed.
As The Gateway Pundit‘s Cassandra Fairbanks noted, members are calling for “direct confrontation:”
These rallies and counter protests have repeatedly become violent and bloody, and this time, Oregon Antifa are discussing bringing guns.
“Rose City Antifa has continued their great work of doxxing the Portland area Proud Boys involved in this violence, and is also calling for militant antifascist resistance against Patriot Prayer,” a call to action published to the militant leftist website It’s Going Down states.
In a statement provided to IGD, a spokesperson for Rose City Antifa said that the goal of August’s action will be to “show that the community will not allow violent nationalist opportunists to threaten our city and target our people. We will overwhelm them both by force of numbers and commitment to defending our community. Whatever it takes.”
The call to action urged readers to use “direct confrontation” to “eliminate” Patriot Prayer and the Proud Boys’ ability to hold rallies. Neither of the groups are white nationalists, but that didn’t stop Antifa from demanding that they are to inflame tensions.
“Without direct confrontation, PP and other white nationalist groups will feel entitled to threaten people where ever and whenever they like.
“First they target Anti-Fascists and Anti-ICE activists, then they target Pride, marginalized community spaces, minorities, and migrants. They believe ‘might makes right’ and unless the community steps in to stop them, there is no telling who they will attack next for political gain,” the call to action continued.
Journalist Tim Pool also tweeted that some members were discussing bringing guns.
August 4th in Portland is already sounding like it is going to get really bad.
Activists call for bringing guns in preparation for escalation. pic.twitter.com/f0IZO387Bi
— Tim Pool (@Timcast) July 28, 2018
It’s human nature to want to escalate confrontations rather than find ways to end them. An armed escalation will not only be deadly, but it will spark a reaction from state and federal governments that will only further inflame tensions on both sides.
And yet, if no one does anything, the confrontations will continue, will become more deadly, and spread.
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