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Rival protest groups clashed at a rally in downtown Portland

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Several marches and rallies kicked off early Sunday afternoon at the Portland Waterfront, and quickly turned violent.

Participating groups included "Patriot Prayer," which is led by Joey Gibson. They gathered at the Salmon Street Springs Fountain at 2 p.m. while a peaceful protest was held at the Oregon Memorial Marine Park nearby at the Waterfront.

Members of "Antifa" showed up to the Patriot Prayer "Freedom March," and the two groups quickly clashed. Several violent fights were witnessed by KATU News crews throughout the area.

There's no word on any arrests or injuries.

BACKGROUND

The Patriot Prayer group has been behind several other right-wing demonstrations in the Portland area, most notably, a large protest in downtown on June 4 in the wake of a fatal stabbing of two men who tried to stop another man's anti-Muslim tirade on a MAX train.

The man accused had attended a Patriot Prayer rally less than a month before the killings.

The group on June 4 was met by hundreds of counter-protesters organized by immigrant rights, religious and labor groups. Fourteen people were arrested.

"The more hatred we see the more we have to stand against it," reads the Freedom March Facebook page for Sunday's event. "The more threats that we get the more we have to come out to show no fear... We will continue to come into Portland with a simple message that is focused on truth, love, and freedom."

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