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'Portland is being watched very closely': Trump stokes tension over far right rally

'Portland is being watched very closely': Trump stokes tension over far right rally* President links leftwing ‘antifa’ groups to terror * Portland mayor: ‘Frankly, it’s not helpful’Rightwing groups rally in Portland, Oregon. Photograph: Karen Ducey/Getty ImagesAs Portland prepared for what was likely to be one of the biggest political demonstrations of the summer, which authorities expected would lead to violence, Donald Trump threw into the mix a characteristically explosive tweet.“Major consideration is being given to naming ANTIFA an ‘ORGANIZATION OF TERROR’,” the president wrote from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey on Saturday morning. “Portland is being watched very closely. Hopefully the Mayor will be able to properly do his job!”“Antifa” is a collective term for a loose affiliation of anti-fascist groups. Such counter-protesters have clashed with far-right activists in the Oregon city throughout the Trump era, some wearing “black bloc” attire and face masks.Texas Republican Ted Cruz has proposed a Senate resolution which would designate antifa a domestic terrorist group. The resolution says Rose City Antifa, a prominent Portland group, “explicitly rejects the authority of law enforcement officers in the United States”.Speaking to CNN, Portland mayor Ted Wheeler said of Trump’s tweet: “Frankly, it’s not helpful. This is a potentially dangerous and volatile situation, and adding to that noise doesn’t do anything to support or help the efforts that are going on here in Portland.”On Friday, longtime rightwing leader and rally organizer Joey Gibson turned himself in to city authorities. Outside the Multnomah County Justice Center, he told reporters, and his supporters via Facebook, his arrest warrant was “without a doubt an assault on the first amendment”.“I have never been violent,” he said.A booking photo shows Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson. Photograph: Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office/APThe 35-year-old is one of six men associated with rightwing rallies in the 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, 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 were “completely political. This is Ted Wheeler doing everything he can because he’s been caught.” He accused Wheeler, a Democrat, of “coordinating with” and “protecting” anti-fascist demonstrators, a refrain in his speeches since 2017.Gibson’s attorney, Multnomah county Republican chair James Buchal, said the charges were “part and parcel of the dishonest campaign by Portland leaders to blame out-of-town demonstrators for violence that began and persists because antifa wants to shut down any rightwing demonstrations in Portland”.Asked via email if he thought the charges were timed in relation to the planned Saturday rally, Buchal answered: “Yes.”Gibson was bailed out of Multnomah county jail overnight. On Saturday, as around 500 people gathered for the “End Domestic Terrorism” rally in a riverside park, he was in attendance, waving an oversized American flag.From 9.30am, a growing counter-protest featured Buddhist and Jewish prayers, speeches and music.Ed Mondaine, of the Portland chapter of the National Association fore the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), addressed the crowd, saying: “It’s time to stand up and annihilate bigotry.”He called upon white allies to help with “fighting white nationalism” in “one of the whitest cities in America”, and concluded by leading a civil rights song, Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around.At around 10am a small group of protesters from the rightwing group Portland’s Liberation made their way through the area of the counter-protest, without incident.Gibson has organized protests in Portland under the banner of the organization he founded, Patriot Prayer. Several have become violent.Critics have pointed to the presence at times of members of white nationalist groups like Identity Evropa and the PDX Stormers. But above all the events have been characterized by the presence of the Proud Boys, a “western chauvinist” group.Saturday was no exception. The main promoter of the rally, Joe Biggs, is a Proud Boy, a combat veteran and a sometime presenter on the Infowars conspiracy channel.Biggs has issued a series of threats to “antifa” in recent weeks, leading up to an event framed by the right as a response to the conservative writer Andy Ngo being milkshaked – having a drink poured over him – and punched at a rally on 29 June.On Friday, city authorities fortified the waterfront area where attendees and counter-protesters were expected to face off. The Portland Bureau of Transportation brought in concrete barriers.Portland Police Bureau (PPB) spokeswoman Lt Tina Jones said the event was likely to be “beyond the resources” of her department, even though all leave had been cancelled. PPB issued a list of partner agencies, including police departments statewide, state police, the FBI and various municipal authorities.Counter-protesters debate with alt-right groups at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Photograph: Karen Ducey/Getty ImagesAt 11am, a large group of rightwing protesters, mostly in Proud Boys colors, marched west across Morrison Bridge and into the waterfront area, led by Biggs and group chair Enrique Tarrio.Police closed the main street parallel to the Willamette river and enforced a gap about the size of a city block between the marchers and the counter-protest. When they arrived in the park, the Proud Boys knelt in prayer and sang the US anthem.They spent just over half an hour on the city’s west side. The atmosphere was occasionally tense. Six counter-protesters who managed to enter the enclosure were engaged by some Proud Boys in heated discussion. Some rightwing live-streamers arriving late were briefly mistaken for counter-protesters.Just after 11.30am, the marchers started back over Hawthorne Bridge, traveling east. It had been closed to traffic. “They opened the bridge just for us,” Tarrio said through a bullhorn.Visible insignia included that of a “patriot movement” group, the Three Percenters, and American Guard, who the Anti-Defamation League calls “hardcore white supremacists”.After crossing the river, the crowd milled around in the parking lot of a fire and rescue installation, under the I-5 freeway.

POSTED AUGUST 17, 2019 4:17 PM

Mom aims head-on at a tanker to kill herself, sons. When truck dodges, she doubles back

Mom aims head-on at a tanker to kill herself, sons. When truck dodges, she doubles backPolice say a Gainesville, Florida, mom of two young boys told a friend she was going to kill herself and her sons by crashing her car with everyone inside.

POSTED AUGUST 17, 2019 5:14 PM

Florida man uses front-end loader to dump dirt on car his girlfriend drove, cops say

Florida man uses front-end loader to dump dirt on car his girlfriend drove, cops sayBeware boyfriends in front-end loaders.

POSTED AUGUST 16, 2019 4:54 PM

A couple in Australia and their pet dog were attacked by a giant carnivorous lizard

A couple in Australia and their pet dog were attacked by a giant carnivorous lizardA 72-year-old man was seriously injured after attempting to break up a fight between his pet dog and a giant Goanna lizard.

POSTED AUGUST 16, 2019 10:45 AM

1981 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Pro Touring Boasts Show Quality

1981 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Pro Touring Boasts Show QualityIt’s custom-built with low mileage and ready to win some trophies. Volo Auto Museum is excited to announce this incredibly stunning 1981 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Pro Touring for your consideration. With only 270 miles clocked since its custom pro-touring build and $95,000 invested, this is a great value. The car is currently up for sale at a price of $42,995, and you can make an offer right here. An extensive amount of work, heart, and soul was put into this car with precise attention to detail. Every single part of the Z28 was removed from the vehicle during the pro-touring build. Even at first glance, you know that this is a show car. But it doesn’t just boast a mean face, this car handles great and is satisfyingly fast.The exterior has custom body features that will really help it stand out among the sea of muscle cars at any car show. It has a reverse scoop molded into the hood and fender vents, as well as a dovetail out back molted onto the quarters and trunk. Other minor touches include filled-in marker lights, a custom gas filler door, filled seams, and custom door handles. The Carbon Flash Black metallic paint (a Corvette color) is lustrous and goes well with the wide non-metallic black stripe on the center of the hood and trunk. This beauty sits on 18-inch Rev wheels wrapped in Michelin Super Sport performance tires, with wider rubber at the rear.The interior on this ’81 Camaro Z28 has been completely restored from the carpet to the headliner. The instrument panel looks like carbon fiber with great-looking digital gauges. It also has a leather-wrapped steering wheel on a tilt column. Additional cabin features include new Vintage Air Heat electric controls, a new modern stereo with molded-in kick panel speakers and 6x9s in the back, and a digital screen for the fuel injection.This 1981 Camaro Z28 Pro Touring is powered by a desirable, all-aluminum, performance-built LS 5.3-liter V8 engine that puts out 420 horsepower. It also has a NOS system for another instant 150 horsepower! What’s more, this Z28 is equipped with a High Ram polished aluminum Holley intake, Holley EFI electronic fuel injection, Accel coils, stainless headers, and custom polished aluminum air induction tubes. It has 65-pound injectors and a 43-pound fuel pump. A Griffin radiator with dual electric fans and a custom shroud keep this bad boy cool. Pop the hood at a car show and wait for all the oohs and ahhs you’ll get. The engine bay is pristine and is sure to outshine its competition. Read More: * Freshly Restored 1968 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS Pro Touring * Burn Rubber For Days In This 1965 Ford Mustang Pro Touring

POSTED AUGUST 16, 2019 9:06 AM

New Jersey's Teterboro Airport was travel hub of Jeffrey Epstein's sex traffic ring

New Jersey's Teterboro Airport was travel hub of Jeffrey Epstein's sex traffic ringJeffrey Epstein's planes recorded at least 730 flights to and from Teterboro Airport in New Jersey between 1995 and 2013, according to flight logs.

POSTED AUGUST 16, 2019 11:06 AM

Mexico to deport U.S. citizen suspected of supporting 'violent jihad'

Mexico to deport U.S. citizen suspected of supporting 'violent jihad'Mexican authorities arrested a U.S. citizen suspected of supporting militant Islamists in an example of Mexico's security cooperation with the United States even as the two neighbors grapple with sharp disagreements over trade and migration. The unidentified American man sought by Interpol was under investigation for supporting terrorist groups and will be deported to the United States later on Friday, the Mexico's attorney general's office said in a statement. The man was detained at a migrants office near Mexico's border with Guatemala in the town of Huehuetan with the help of officials from Mexico's National Migration Institute.

POSTED AUGUST 16, 2019 3:15 PM

Kazakhstan court frees anti-Beijing activist

Kazakhstan court frees anti-Beijing activistA rights activist in Kazakhstan who faced seven years imprisonment over his outspoken opposition to neighbouring China was unexpectedly freed Friday as public and international pressure over his case mounted. Serikjan Bilash, whose activism in defence of Muslim and Turkic minorities in Xinjiang earned him global media attention, told AFP he struck a plea bargain with the court that allowed him freedom but will end his activism. "I had to end my activism against China.

POSTED AUGUST 16, 2019 7:24 PM

How Kamala Harris was shaped by 'the People's Republic of Berkeley'

How Kamala Harris was shaped by 'the People's Republic of Berkeley'Kamala Harris grew up in the radical environs of Berkeley and spent her childhood at marches and protests with her parents. But she went to law school and became a prosecutor, an unexpected career choice that she has to explain — and defend — to Democratic voters as she seeks the presidency.

POSTED AUGUST 16, 2019 2:23 PM

Yemen rebel drone attack targets remote Saudi oil field

Yemen rebel drone attack targets remote Saudi oil fieldDrones launched by Yemen's Houthi rebels attacked a massive oil and gas field deep inside Saudi Arabia's sprawling desert on Saturday, causing what the kingdom described as a "limited fire" in the second such recent attack on its crucial energy industry. The attack on the Shaybah oil field, which produces some 1 million barrels of crude oil a day near the kingdom's border with the United Arab Emirates, again shows the reach of the Houthis' drone program. Shaybah sits some 1,200 kilometers (750 miles) from Houthi-controlled territory, underscoring the rebels' ability to now strike at both nations, which are mired in Yemen's yearslong war.

POSTED AUGUST 17, 2019 1:04 PM

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