PORTLAND: Antifa Group Attacks Portland Prayer Event and Reportedly Threw Flash Bombs At Children

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A group of black-clad antifa rioters descended on a Portland prayer event on Saturday, causing havoc, reportedly attacking adults and posing danger to children, and later bragging on social media that they’d stolen food and water and thrown the event sound equipment into the Willamette River.

Antifa (for “anti-fascist”) is a term that stems from European anarchist groups that use this name and there is a well-established network of self-described anti-fascist across Europe and the United States.

The antifa-style armed agitators who descended on the event, in this case, were confronted later in the day by agitators described as Proud Boys. The latter group is a more formally organized right-wing outfit that has violently clashed with antifa groups for years and frequently done so in Portland.

The Post Millennial reported and videos posted to social media confirm that the black-clad antifa-style group showed up with shields and melee weapons as a group of Christians were praying and worshipping.

By some accounts, in addition to assaulting event-goers, the agitators threw flash mobs into a crowd that included children and toddlers.

The event was put together for a visit from Canadian Pastor Artur Pawlowski, whose arrest over his church’s COVID-19 violations has drawn international attention.

“Welcome to Portland, you won’t like it here, pastor,” local Antifa figure Melissa Lewis tweeted. Pawlowski has faced criticism for his views on COVID-19 and homosexuality.

In one of the videos, one of the antifa members can be heard yelling “Where is your god now?” to the terrified Christians.

“They threw a flash bomb into a group of kids,” one woman in attendance told a videographer on the scene who was filming as those who had incurred injuries were treated.

“Antifa just rolled in like an angry mob, started throwing flash bombs at everybody, macing everybody … rotten eggs,” a woman was quoted by CBN News as saying (it is unclear if this was the same witness). “They threw a flash bomb into a group of kids that were out there from 4 months old to like 10.”

Melissa Lewis later tweeted “It uhhhh did not work out for fash [fascist] and friends. Let’s just say their equipment malfunctioned. In the river.”

Another Twitter account, “Antifa Mafioso” whose handle is, interestingly enough, @eyeofsoros1, bragged that, just as the anarchists seized wealth from fascist churches during the Spanish Civil War, anarchists in Portland had “expropriated sandwiches and water from the fascist hate preachers and gave them to the houseless.”

Ironically enough, Pastor Pawlowski was told in 2020 that he would have to close the doors of his Calgary church to the homeless that he housed and sheltered in his ministry, according to The Christian Post.

He refused.

The Post Millennial reports that they confirmed no arrests were made as a result of Sunday’s Portland attack, and witnesses say that Portland police stood by during the attacks.

According to The Portland Tribune, individuals who appeared to be Proud Boys and had been acting as security for the event continued to clash with the antifa group and exchanged pepper spray and paintball fire. The local official chapter of the Proud Boys, however, have disavowed these individuals and it is not clear if they made any acts of violence before Antifa showed up at the prayer event.

The Portland police have been heavily defunded by the city in the wake of last summer’s George Floyd riots, which raged for months on end in the Oregon city. Officers are also transferring and retiring in droves.

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