Trump also joined the Republican-led push to formally designate Antifa an "organization of terror" which is, however, impossible under the applicable United States law, allowing only foreign organization be designated as such.
Masked members of the local Rose City Antifa, billed as "the nation's oldest active anti-fascist group" and known for its use of violent tactics in street confrontations, say they will battle them. Portland Police said all of the city's 1,000 officers would be on duty for the gathering that was hyped on social media and elsewhere for weeks.
Police formed a physical barricade beneath the Morrison Bridge in Tom McCall Waterfront Park to separate the rival groups from sparring. Police have mobilized to prevent clashes between conservative groups and counter-protesters who converged on the city. Meanwhile black clad, helmet and face-mask wearing anti-fascist protesters also were among the hundreds on the streets.
One of the groups behind Saturday's far-right rally is called Proud Boys, which says it is an organisation for young "Western chauvinist" men.
Organizer Joe Biggs told the paper that the demonstrators "wanted national attention and we got it". "Portland is being watched very closely".
Rev. E.D. Mondaine, president of the Portland Branch NAACP, led some counter-protesters and antifascist groups in song, opposing ProudBoys in an effort to keep the peace. PPB officers confiscated several weapons from protesters, like bear spray, wooden and metal poles, knives, shields, and a stun gun.
Far-right groups are preparing to rally in the north-western USA city of Portland, Oregon, amid fears of clashes with left-wing counter-protesters.
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"They want you to not show up in Portland, they want to put fear in your hearts", Gibson said.
Self-described anti-fascists had vowed to confront the rally while leaders from the far right urged their followers to turn out in large numbers to protest the arrests of six members of right-wing groups in the run-up to the event.
Police said one injured person was taken to a local hospital, but no further information about the victim was released. The Oregonian reported that a group of left-wing demonstrators attacked a bus carrying a group of Proud Boys out of downtown Portland, breaking some windows.
Trump said he hoped Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler "will be able to properly do his job!".
Police in the U.S. state of OR have seized a number of weapons as hundreds of far-right protesters and counter demonstrators rally in the city of Portland.
Wheeler added: "This is a potentially risky 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".
Joey Gibson of the ultra-nationalist group Patriot Prayer, who is not involved in this weekend's event but organised similar rallies in 2017 and 2018 that erupted in clashes, surrendered on Friday for felony rioting. "To those who promote violence during otherwise peaceful demonstrations, you are not welcome here". Joining them were the American Guard, Three Percenters, Oathkeepers and Daily Stormers.