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US: Violent clashes reported between protesters in Portland (Oregon) Oct. 13 /update 1

Local media reports fighting between protesters in downtown Portland (Oregon) on October 13; police in riot gear dispersing crowds with pepper spray

14 Oct 05:37 AM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 10/13/2018, 12:00 AM until 10/13/2018, 11:59 PM (America/Los_Angeles). COUNTRY/REGION Portland
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Event

Tense protests turned violent on Saturday, October 14, in Portland (Oregon) as right-wing Patriot Prayer protesters clashed with counter-protesters downtown. People armed with clubs, batons, and Police in riot gear are reportedly attempting to separate the two crowds, using pepper spray and flash grenades.

Context

The far-right groups Patriot Prayer and Proud Boys had planned a "flash march" beginning at 18:00 (local time) near Pioneer Courthouse Square. Portland has repeatedly experienced violent protests as police have struggled to keep calm between far-right groups and 'Antifa' activists. Saturday's protests also come one day after a large group of far-right activists attacked three people in New York City following a Proud Boys event.

Advice

Individuals in Portland are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all demonstrations and protests as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.

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