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There were clashes as protesters rallying in support of the police and US President Donald Trump faced off with Black Lives Matter and antifa protesters, in front of the Multnomah County Justice Centre, in Portland, on Saturday.
The rival protest groups physically fought one another, using pepper spray and throwing projectiles. Some Trump supporters wore combat gear and some were seen carrying rifles and shields with QAnon conspiracy insignia on them.
According to reports, various groups including the far-right Proud Boys, armed militia groups and anti-fascist groups including Popular Mobilization PDX were amongst the protesters.
Police officers warned protesters against criminal conduct, later declaring the assembly unlawful. According to police reports, they did not intervene as the people involved in skirmishes did so freely.
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