Tension Building In Portland As Pro-Trump Rally Is Confronted By Counter-Protesters

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A supporter waves a flag prior to a campaign rally for President Trump at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla., Saturday, June 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

 

A massive Pro-Trump rally consisting of hundreds of vehicles – a lot of trucks and SUVs — entered Portland around 7:00 pm local time, headed for the downtown area that has been the location of many nighttime protests over the past three months.

It is unsure at this point if the Pro-Trump rally is intending to remain in the downtown area later into the evening when the Antifa/BLM protesters usually being their activities, or whether the Antifa/BLM protesters will direct their activities to the suburbs where they have spent a majority of their nights since leaving the streets surrounding the federal courthouse in downtown.

As of approximately 7:45 pm local time, the Pro-Trump rally crowd had entered the area of the state Judicial Center, which is just down the street from the federal courthouse.  Logistics are going to be a nightmare if this crowd of people have any intention of parking their cars and getting out.  Traffic all around downtown is in gridlock because of the vehicles from the rally.

The series of videos below are in rough chronological orders of events, beginning the rally organization point at the Clackamas Town Center shopping mall.  The caravan then headed towards downtown Portland only to be intercepted by a counter-protest group blocking the road and forcing the caravan to stop.  Shortly thereafter the Portland PD arrived with about a dozen officers and opened the roadway one.  The caravan then continued on its way into downtown Portland.

The last few videos at the bottom show some minor altercations in the street, and some in the Trump rally vehicles came with paint-ball guns and pepper balls.

I’ll have another story up later if the pro-Trump rally crowd remains in the downtown area into the night.

It seems that patience is starting to wear thin now.  Here you can see protesters blocking the intersection, and forcing the lead Rally vehicle to turn.  The next vehicle simply ignores the protesters and puts the choice to them to either get run over or get out of the way.

 





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