FILE - In this June 29, 2019, file photo, after a confrontation between authorities and protesters, police use pepper spray as multiple groups, including Rose City Antifa, the Proud Boys and others protest in downtown Portland, Ore. Portland police are mobilizing in hopes of avoiding clashes between out-of-state hate groups planning a rally Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, and homegrown anti-fascists who say they’ll come out to oppose them. (Dave Killen/The Oregonian via AP, File)

Portland, Oregon, braces for far-right rally, counterprotest

August 13, 2019 - 1:09 am

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Far-right groups are traveling to Portland, Oregon, from around the United States this weekend to rally against self-described antifascists who are planning to oppose them.

Portland's leadership is mobilizing in hopes of avoiding clashes similar to those in June and in 2018 that attracted national attention.

Since President Donald Trump's election, Portland has become a political arena for far-right and far-left groups to face off.

None of the city's nearly 1,000 police officers will have the day off Saturday.

The Oregon State Police and the FBI are also helping out.

Mayor Ted Wheeler says he may ask Democratic Gov. Kate Brown to call up the Oregon National Guard.

The Southern Poverty Law Center says the groups coming to Portland include far-right militias, white supremacists, white nationalists and other hate groups.

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