Posted on September 28, 2020

A Few Hundred Proud Boys Rally in North Portland

Pierce Singgih, Willamette Week, September 26, 2020

Several hundred Proud Boys and their supporters gathered at Delta Park in North Portland this afternoon in what they intended as a show of strength for President Donald Trump and their right-wing comrades who’ve been jailed or killed in street conflicts.

The event was billed as retribution for Aaron J. Danielson, a Trump-supporting protester killed last month by a Portland anti-fascist, and Kyle Rittenhouse, who killed two people in Wisconsin during a riot.

The prospect of the Proud Boys, a right-wing men’s fraternity, and other far-right paramilitary groups arriving in Portland alarmed local officials, who feared their presence could escalate civil unrest in the city. {snip} On Friday, Gov. Kate Brown declared an emergency so Oregon State Police could oversee a law enforcement response.

{snip} In the event, less than 500 people gathered on soccer fields in the soggy park.

The protest started with a prayer, calling for “Portland to be saved.” Under a canopy of “Trump 2020” and American flags, the demonstrators chanted “U-S-A!” and “Fuck antifa!”

They also condemned the Black Lives Matter movement and anti-fascists {snip}


As the rally continued, a handful of counterprotesters showed up, met quickly by Proud Boys and their supporters. {snip}


{snip} On the other side of Interstate 5 from Delta Park, a group of Black activists held an event to discuss the history of Vanport, the predominantly Black city that once stood at that location. Further south, more than a thousand leftist protesters held a rally in Peninsula Park.

With few exceptions, protesters did not attempt to bridge the physical distance between the separate events. {snip}