Masked Antifa members clashed with the far-right group Patriot Prayer in the streets of Portland just hours after holding ‘peaceful’ May Day protests.
Videos circulating online show protesters and counter-protesters fighting in the streets. Both sides were armed with various weapons including batons and bear mace.
In preparation for the protests, the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Officer reported that they would not be sending any deputies into the city for calls. Anti-police attitudes are strong within the city walls and the sheriff declared that he was willing to put any of his officers at risk.
On Wednesday night, a brawl ensued outside of a Portland bar, where antifascist activists gathered to protest Patriot Prayer, a far-right group that had gathered in the city.
Multiple videos were posted online following the altercation. One video shows a girl ‘knocked out clean’ facedown on the street.
OMG A GIRL GOT KNOCKED OUT CLEAN, pic.twitter.com/C3wdqOKLIT
— Mike Bivins (@itsmikebivins) May 2, 2019
Journalist Andy Ngo tweeted a video where he was maced by ‘masked Antifa thugs.’
I was sprayed in the face point blank with pepper spray outside the @CiderRiot, where Antifa had amassed. They cheered as I was blinded. Before that, they threatened me & brought up my mother’s name. A woman helped me across the street. Please help me identify person: pic.twitter.com/BUxlk94fz4
— Andy Ngo (@MrAndyNgo) May 2, 2019
In 2017, May Day protests in the city erupted into an all out riot. 25 people were arrested as fires burned and local businesses were burglarized and vandalized.
No arrests were made in the protests this year.
Members of the Antifa organization are currently being investigated by the FBI for trying to stage an ‘armed rebellion’ at the southern border of the United States. Documents from the investigation tied activists to known cartel associates.
Reibeling and Evan Duke, another key suspect identified in the report, claim that there is no truth to the allegations.
“It doesn’t make any sense that someone from the United States would purchase guns in Mexico,” said Reibeling. “And the Hondurans certainly didn’t bring money to buy guns. It doesn’t make any sense; in fact it’s extremely absurd to say the Hondurans wanted to attack the United States at the border.”
Duke claims that he has never met with anyone named Reibeling or ‘Cobra Commander’ and denies being involved. Duke is a self-proclaimed activist fighting against Trump’s immigration policies. He reportedly helped support migrant caravans on their excursion to the United States.
“We took the precaution to find out who he [Reibeling] was and where he was, but we never had any contact with him. And we never saw him around the migrant caravan.”
— Chuck Woolery (@chuckwoolery) April 29, 2019
The FBI said a group of activists in Tijuana helping the migrant caravan “were encouraged to bring personally owned weapons to the border and the group also intended to purchase weapons from a Mexico-based cartel associate known as Cobra Commander, AKA the Mexican Rambo, and smuggle the weapons into the United States.”
Officials from Customs and Border Patrol also reportedly questioned and arrested over 20 individuals who were at the Tijuana border when violence broke out in both November and January. Officers were forced to deploy tear gas to control the outbreak. CPB stated they wanted to know who was initiating the push for attack.
On that list, Reibeling is listed as an ‘instigator’ of violence. Duke’s name and picture are listed as well.
But Reibeling says authorities are barking up the wrong tree.
“I am not cartel. I don’t sell drugs. I don’t sell arms,” he said. “I’m a revolutionary. A man who believes in his ideals, and I’m going to defend Mexico.”
According to the FBI’s investigation, Duke was allegedly working with Riebeling not just to procure weapons, but to also help set up areas to train activists to become “community defense militias.”
The report from the FBI has been sent to other agencies including Customs and Border Patrol, the Department of Homeland Security, the CIA and the NSA. The report is marked “priority”.