Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few years, you know just how intense political divisions have become. In recent years, we’ve seen neo-Nazi marches, feminist marches, Antifa riots, anti-gun rallies and countless other protests and demonstrations. Unfortunately, violence has often accompanied these political gatherings.
Moods have been hostile all over the US, but the west coast seems to be descending into chaos faster than the rest of the country. Two years ago, 7 people were stabbed in Sacramento during a clash between Antifa and white nationalists. Last year, Berkeley broke out in a massive riot after Antifa started attacking a group called Patriot Prayer (more on them later). For the past few years, we have witnessed major riots in Seattle and many other cities on the west coast.
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During this time of political destabilization, one of the most chaotic cities on the west coast has been Portland. This seems to be a place where the relatively equal balance of left-wingers and right-wingers creates an atmosphere that is prone to violence. Right-wing groups like Patriot Prayer have had a strong presence in Portland, and the same can be said about Antifa.
Let’s look at some of Portland’s violent clashes in the past few years before we get to the most recent incident. Before Trump even got elected, in July 2016, protesters confronted...
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