Alt-right protesters clash with anti-fascist demonstrators in Portland, Oregon

Observers claim federal police protected alt-right group Patriot Prayer.

Antifa spray silly string at police during a protest to oppose the right wing group "The Patriot Prayer Movement," that was having a rally in downtown Portland, Oregon on September 10, 2017. 
Several hundred protesters  descended in to downtown Portland to oppose the right-wing group.   (NATALIE BEHRING/AFP/Getty Images)
Antifa spray silly string at police during a protest to oppose the right wing group "The Patriot Prayer Movement," that was having a rally in downtown Portland, Oregon on September 10, 2017. Several hundred protesters descended in to downtown Portland to oppose the right-wing group. (NATALIE BEHRING/AFP/Getty Images)

Bloody street fights erupted in downtown Portland, Oregon late Saturday, when more than 150 marchers with the right-wing protest group Patriot Prayer began beating antifascist protesters with flagpoles and other objects.

Heavily armed police were called in to subdue the riot, which broke out after Patriot Prayer supporters arrived in Portland to attend a rally led by Republican candidate for US Senate in Washington state Joey Gibson.

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Gibson, far-right activist, has a track record of organizing political rallies that have attracted counter-protests from anti-fascist groups. He has said that the city of Seattle “despises patriots” and “will spit in your face for loving the constitution.”

He also refuses to disavow the Proud Boys, an alt-right fraternity, who are his most ardent supporters.

Photos and video from the melee showed violent acts carried out by both groups, although some observers said supporters of the alt-left were receiving harsher treatment by police.

Some Patriot Prayer members wore the colors of the Proud Boys.

Patriot Prayer members armed themselves with flagpoles, weapons that the federal  police allowed the group to keep, according to the Willamette Week. The Portland police, meanwhile, confiscated all weapons, including flagpoles, from antifascist demonstrators.

Last week, federal police were in a stand-off with Portland’s leftist protesters drew after they national headlines for blocking a federal immigration office.  At least nine people were arrested.