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‘Antifa’ attacker with club gets knocked out by unarmed man

'Antifa' attacker with club gets knocked out by unarmed man. (Lauren Southern/Twitter)
July 04, 2018
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A Patriot Prayer group march on Saturday in downtown Portland, Oregon turned into what was declared a riot when “antifa” counter-protestors got involved.

One antifa member was wielding what appears to be a billy club or baton and attacking others, but he was quickly taken down with a mighty punch from an unarmed patriot in the crowd.

The viral knockdown was caught on video and has had more than a million views so far on Twitter.

Here is another view of the scene:

Portland police cleared the area after several other injuries were reported when altercations with antifa counter-protesters escalated, National Public Radio reported.

Police revoked the Patriot Prayer’s permit to hold the event at the Terry Schrunk Plaza, a federal park in downtown Portland, after declaring the “Freedom and Courage” rally had turned into a riot zone.

Four people were taken to the hospital as a result of injuries sustained at the march, one with a serious but non-life-threatening injury and the other three with non-serious injuries, Portland police said.

More than 100 demonstrators attended the march in support of Patriot Prayer but an equal number of counter-protesters also showed up, throwing eggs, half-empty water bottles and firecrackers at demonstrators early on in the event.

Police fired pepper spray-filled paintballs, firecrackers, smoke bombs and flash bangs into the crowd, according to the Huffington Post.

Police denied using tear gas during the protest but said they did use “aerial distraction devices.”

Officers with the Department of Homeland Security were also at the demonstration.

Jason Wilson, a writer for The Guardian who was covering the rally, said in a tweet that the confrontation between the groups “would have to be among the worst protest violence I have seen in Portland” and included “unfair fights.”

A group based in Eugene, Oregon and known on Facebook as Eugene Antifa, organized the counter-protest, which they named “Defend PDX: Patriot Prayer’s Violence Must End.”

“Antifa,” short for anti-fascists, is a group of leftist extremists.

Federal authorities have been warning since 2016 that the antifa group has become increasingly dangerous.

The deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville last August spiraled out of control, resulting in the death of a 32-year-old woman when a car plowed into a group of counter-protestors on Water Street, as well as the death of two Virginia State Troopers who were patrolling the assembly in a helicopter.

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