“On the south side of Market, several hundred counterprotesters denounced white supremacy and bigotry in a gathering that felt at times like a street festival. Attendees frequently chanted, sang, and sometimes danced as a Sousaphone player belted out tunes including the Action News theme song. Many attendees carried signs saying “No racism, sexism, fascism” or addressing related themes.
The competing rallies featured only sporadic tensions, and there was no indication of attendance by neo-Nazis, white supremacists, or members of hate groups such as the Proud Boys or Three Percenters, as had been predicted on various online sites.
Police Commissioner Richard Ross said four people were arrested, including a 23-year-old man who allegedly got into a fight on the north end of Independence Mall as the protests wound down and punched a responding police captain. The others arrested were a 31-year-old woman for disorderly conduct, a 35-year-old man for failure to disperse, and a 26-year-old man for failure to disperse and marijuana possession. Their names were not released. …”
So today is a conservative rally in Philadelphia that’s expected to draw massive #antifa resistance. I’m here early, but one thing to note is that a half-marathon is today. The events shouldn’t affect eachother, but could mean diversion of (or overspending on) police logistics.
On more serious note: Here’s probably the most violent moment I personally witnessed today. After one Proud Boy showed up and got in conflict with some antifa, police pushed people away aggressively to make their arrest of antifa. To my knowledge, nobody on right arrested today.
“Dueling rallies concluded with police trying to separate members of Vancouver, Washington-based Patriot Prayer and counter-demonstrators as the two groups quarreled in the streets Saturday afternoon.
Media at the scene reported small scuffles breaking out, and police reported six arrests. The scene unfolded days after Portland City Council voted down Mayor Ted Wheeler’s proposed ordinance to regulate some protests. …”
Hannah McClintock, the woman in yellow with #antifa, repeatedly spit at a man & hurled punches at him. I had witnessed her trying to fight people over & over. She was one among six people who were arrested.
I was assaulted by a mob of masked individuals in black. They also targeted my equipment. They called me a fascist & Islamophobe. They said my parents & grandparents would be ashamed of me. It feels surreal to be treated this way by people who don’t even know me.
“The Trump Administration is the worst of both worlds in that it creates the illusion of a vigorous, nationalist government—that accomplishes nothing. The president’s opponents can call themselves the #Resistance and pose as rebels and underdogs, while never paying any price for their actions. …”
As we see in Philadelphia and Portland above, now that the Alt-Right has learned its lesson and has stopped engaging with these people, they have moved on to attacking conservative events. They continue to do this every weekend because they have nothing to fear from the Trump Justice Department which has chosen to prosecute the Rise Above Movement and Julian Assange.