Portland, OR – Multiple citizens and police officers were injured and three people were arrested during violent protests led by black-masked antifa that took over Portland on Saturday.
Most of the city’s streets were shut down or blocked on Saturday as roving bands of antifa, clad in black and wearing hoods or helmets with black face masks, attacked police, conservative demonstrators, and at least one journalist.
Separate demonstrations led by different factions had been planned in several places in the city, but by 3 p.m. the violence and mayhem had escalated to the point where the Portland Police Bureau was forced to declare a civil disturbance and unlawful assembly, The Oregonian reported.
Protesters threw eggs, milkshakes, and other projectiles at the police officers tasked with keeping peace during the demonstrations.
Police said some of the milkshakes that were thrown contained “a substance similar to quick-drying cement,” The Oregonian reported.
Quick-drying cement can cause chemical burns, even after it's washed off.
Officers in crowd-control gear lined up to shut down passage on street and police ordered the crowd to disperse through a loudspeaker and threatened to use crowd control tactics on those who did not leave.
During the chaos of the day, journalist Andy Ngo was attacked by a mob several times.
Although he said he reported the initial incidences to police when they happened, it wasn’t until after he was beaten and bloody, with his camera gear stolen, that he felt police were taking the attacks seriously.
Ngo has covered numerous antifa riots and has become a bit of a lightning rod for the far left in Portland.
Ngo was filming the crowd when he was attacked from multiple directions by masked antifa and his GoPro camera was stolen.
Ngo was able to get clear of the crowd and talk with officers, and then was transported to the emergency room for treatment.
Medics at the protests treated eight people, including three police officers, for injuries, The Oregonian reported. Several people were transported to nearby hospitals for treatment of their injuries.
Police made only three arrests during the violent protest on June 29.
The Oregonian reported that 23-year-old Gage Halupowski was charged with second-degree assault, assault of a police officer, resisting arrest, and interfering with a police officer.
Additionally, 23-year-old Maria DeHart was charged with second-degree disorderly conduct and harassment and 21-year-old James Stocks was charged with harassment.