The antifa faithful were out in force over the weekend in Portland, Oregon, in what was apparently called a “stand against police targeting” rally.
So a group calling itself Patriot Prayer organized an “Antifa Watch” on Saturday to make sure protesters didn’t break laws or block traffic — which has been an issue in Portland since the election of Republican President Donald Trump.
“All are welcome to join but please do not come if you can not control your temper,” the Patriot Prayer message on Facebook said. “This is not a rally or a march.”
But when the groups converged in Chapman Square, emotions were running high as a video camera rolled. A woman wearing sunglasses seemingly leading the antifas accused Patriot Prayer members of invading their “space.” A bearded guy in a dark leather jacket, apparently with Patriot Prayer, promised violence if the antifas made threats.
Things seemed as though they’d be limited to a war of words — that is, until a rather large fellow with a mohawk and a yellow T-shirt emblazoned with “In God We Trust” on the back tried to walk past the antifas.
Suddenly a far less imposing long-haired guy, apparently in ranks with the antifas, figured it would be a good idea to try blocking the big guy’s path.
His path momentarily thwarted, the big guy paused for a moment and then socked the long-haired dude with a quick left — and down he went.
“Don’t f***in’ touch me!” the big guy yelled, pointing at his fallen opponent.
That set off the antifa faithful, who began screaming at the Patriot Prayer members and putting up their hands as if ready for combat.
And as it happens, one of them apparently was prepared for such a moment — a masked, black-clad woman carrying a baseball bat.
But the antifas began to retreat when a Patriot Prayer member got on the phone with police and described the woman carrying the bat, later adding she had a knife.
An antifa woman with bright pink hair tried telling the man talking with cops that “we’re trying to deescalate.”
Another guy, apparently an antifa supporter, told the Patriot Prayer group to “just back off. Y’all don’t need this nonsense” and added they took the baseball bat “out of play.”
Amazing how quickly things can calm down.
Here’s the clip. (Content warning: Rough language):
(H/T: Heat Street)