Cops in Portland detained scores of protesters facing off with right-wing demonstrators during a contentious free speech rally hailing President Trump on the heels of a deadly train attack.
Anti-fascist protesters in black outnumbered the so-called alt-right crowd brandishing banners celebrating Trump and white nationalism on Sunday afternoon.
The “Trump Free Speech Rally” was organized before suspected white supremacist Jeremy Christian knifed two men to death after hurling an anti-Muslim tirade at two young women.
Christian faces multiple murder charges for the May 26 attack.
Police said 14 people were arrested and nearly 100 more accused of disorderly conduct were rounded up near the city’s Chapman Square.
The rally turned physical as demonstrators hurled bricks at police, prompting authorities to fire back with tear gas. A slew of weapons fashioned out of red bricks, sticks and tools were confiscated during the protest.
Journalists and protesters walking north of Chapman Park were detained for about an hour as cops photographed their IDs, according to Willamette Week editor Aaron Mesh. Four members of that corralled group were arrested and police said additional arrests are a possibility.
Meanwhile, as police sorted through scores of those detained, demonstrators affiliated with the free speech rally made their escape.
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler called on authorities to revoke a permit for the free speech rally, prompting an outcry from the American Civil Liberties Union’s Oregon chapter.
The law nonprofit chastised Wheeler for attempting to “revoke or deny a permit based on the viewpoint of the demonstrators.”
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