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Portland prepares for far-right rally expected to lead to violence
Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson surrenders but Proud Boys to fore in event expected to attract ‘antifa' counter-protestIn a photograph from 4 August, a protester participates in a rally in Portland, Oregon. Photograph: Mark Graves/APAs Portland prepared for what may be one of the biggest political demonstrations of the US summer, longtime rightwing leader Joey Gibson turned himself in to city authorities.Outside the Multnomah County Justice Center, Gibson told reporters, and his supporters via Facebook, the arrest warrant against him was "without a doubt an assault on the first amendment"."I have never been violent," he said.The 35-year-old is one of six men associated with rightwing rallies in the Oregon city to be arrested or charged since 7 August, relating to a violent incident on 1 May at Cider Riot, a bar favored by the left.Video shows men who have attended Gibson's Patriot Prayer rallies in the city, and who arrived at the bar in his company, exchanging pepper spray with bar patrons, striking people with batons and fighting.Gibson claimed the charges against him were "completely political. This is [Portland mayor] Ted Wheeler doing everything he can because he's been caught." He accused Wheeler of "coordinating with" and "protecting" anti-fascist demonstrators or "antifa", a refrain in his speeches since 2017.Gibson's attorney, Multnomah county Republican chair James Buchal, said in a statement the charges were "part and parcel of the dishonest campaign by Portland leaders to blame out-of-
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