Will Proud Boys, antifa showdown mark tipping point for Portland?
Summer is a time for bike rides and cold craft beer in Portland. Lately, it’s also been a time for bear spray and bursts of violence.
For nearly three years, rival political factions have descended on the city’s downtown. They’ve vented and raged. Too often, they’ve beaten and brawled with one another.
The demonstrations will return next week when right-wing activists from around the country plan to hold a waterfront rally to condemn anti-fascists, or antifa, and push to have their adversaries designated as domestic terrorists.
This time police and city leaders are more alarmed than usual.
“We’ve been sitting on a powder keg and everything is kind of coming to a head at this point,” Police Chief Danielle Outlaw told The Oregonian/OregonLive in an interview this week. “Not just because of what’s happening locally, but nationally.”