According to this Fox News article, the two groups really went at it over the course of hours, the Police, already exhausted and heavily outnumbered, stepped aside and let them have at it.
Violent skirmishes broke out as people attacked each other with pepper spray, paintball guns, bats, shields and projectiles
A right-wing group planned a “No to Marxism in America” rally at the Terry Schrunk Plaza near the courthouse at noon, following a Black Lives Matter (BLM) counterprotest scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m.
Another event called the “Mother of All Back The Blue Rallies,” a pro-police protest, also was planned at noon.
Groups like the right-wing Proud Boys and left-wing Antifa were present for today’s rallies.
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler tweeted a warning to all of the day’s protesters, telling them to “peacefully exercise their First Amendment Rights”.
But violent skirmishes broke out around the city anyway as people attacked each other with pepper spray, paintball guns, bats, shields and projectiles. Streets were blocked, and police monitored the situation near the Multnomah County Justice Center.
One protester filming the day’s events caught a woman on camera being punched to the ground by a member of the Proud Boys group.She throws the first punch
Have some equality honey.
Here is an important bit to take notice of that is farther down in the article.
Police chose not to engage the protesters until absolutely necessary, allowing them to fight it out, they told Fox News in a statement.
“In this case there were hundreds of individuals and many weapons within the groups and an extremely limited amount of police resources actually available to address such a crowd,” the police said, adding that they did not offically declare it a riot, because it does not have the police resources to handle those repercussions.
“Additionally, PPB [Portland Police Bureau] members have been the focus of over 80 days of violent actions directed at the police, which is a major consideration for determining if police resources are necessary to interject between two groups with individuals who appear to be willingly engaging in physical confrontations for short durations.”
Did you catch that?
The cops have had enough.
You idiots wanna battle it out in the streets of downtown Portland?
Have at it.
It won’t be too long before the killing starts now.
Absolute fucking insanity.
It boggles my mind that this is going on in Portland Oregon.