Proud Boys Dwarfed by Anti-Fascist Protesters at Portland Rally - 2019-08-19

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F344.png Proud Boys Dwarfed by Anti-Fascist Protesters at Portland Rally August 19, 2019, EJ Dickson, Rolling Stone

In the weeks leading up to the August 17th Proud Boys rally in Portland, Oregon, many were unsure what to expect. Local law enforcement officials and many counter-protesters were concerned about the prospect of increased violence at the rally, particularly in light of a high-profile incident last June featuring right-wing journalist and provocateur Andy Ngo. Increasingly violent rhetoric from members of the organization, particularly from organizer Joe Biggs, also fueled fears that the rally would result in violence.

On Saturday, however, more than 1,000 anti-fascist activists showed up at the rally in downtown Portland to protest — largely, peacefully. Despite about a dozen arrests and a handful of minor injuries, all in all the event was less violent than many had feared, according to Mayor Ted Wheeler.

"I'm grateful this was largely a peaceful event," Wheeler said in a press conference after the rally. "We were preparing for and planning for a worst-case scenario."

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