The Portland Police Bureau asked for the public’s help Monday in investigating violent assaults from competing demonstrations that spilled into the streets of downtown Portland on Saturday, with fights breaking out in places as marchers clashed.
At least three groups had planned rallies or demonstrations at different sites in the city, including members of the right wing Proud Boys and left wing anti-fascist groups that include “antifa.” The fights occurred when participants of the opposing groups met.
The Portland Police Bureau said three people were arrested Saturday on assault and harassment charges in connection with the protests. Police said medics treated eight people, including three police officers, at the scene. Three people were taken to hospitals after they were attacked, police said.
Andy Ngo, who describes himself as an editor at the conservative website Quillette,” said on his Twitter feed that he was attacked by anti-fascist protesters and had to be taken to the hospital to treat injuries to his face and head. Ngo also said the attackers took his camera equipment.
Protesters also clashed with police, throwing water bottles and eggs at officers. Police responded with the use of pepper spray. In separate social media posts, police declared the situation to be a civil disturbance and warned participants faced arrest.
The bureau also said that it has received reports that milkshakes that were thrown by protesters contained quick-drying cement, an observance one officer claimed from seeing a shake with what looked like and smelled of powder added, along with a recipe that was shared on social media for making a toxic shake, but no physical evidence was offered.