Portland police prepare for possible violence ahead of dueling right and left wing protests

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 3:25 PM PST – Sat. August 17, 2019

Dozens of businesses are closed and law enforcement is present in Portland, where Antifa is expected to possibly showdown with right-wing demonstrators.

Those extra security measures were put in place for a right-wing rally, titled End Domestic Terrorism, taking place Saturday downtown.

Local, state, and federal officials have taken extreme precaution in securing the event, as many expect the anti-fascist group known as Antifa to turn up against the demonstration.

Joseph Oakman and fellow Proud Boys plant a flag in Tom McCall Waterfront Park during an “End Domestic Terrorism” rally in Portland, Ore., on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said the situation was “potentially dangerous and volatile” but as of early afternoon most of the right-wing groups had left the area via a downtown bridge and police used officers on bikes and in riot gear to keep black clad, helmet and mask-wearing anti-fascist protesters — known as antifa — from following them. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Reports said potentially hundreds of people with opposing ideologies could clash at the gathering.

Many Portland residents are choosing to stay inside, saying violence at such protests has become the norm.

More than two dozen law enforcement agencies have reportedly been recruited to Portland to assist.