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Democrat Rep. Debra Haaland (NM) proclaimed on Sunday that far-left extremist group Antifa consists of "peaceful protesters" who are just trying to protect Portland from "domestic terrorism."
Haaland's remarks came in response to a tweet from President Donald Trump, who wrote on Saturday: "Major consideration is being given to naming ANTIFA an 'ORGANIZATION OF TERROR.' Portland is being watched very closely. Hopefully the Mayor will be able to properly do his job!"
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Trump's tweet came as Antifa members descended on Portland for clashes with other protest groups, including the right-wing "Proud Boys," and law enforcement over the weekend. The Washington Examiner reported:
With the rallygoers gone, antifa and counterprotesters, who vastly outnumbered the right-wing group, stayed in the park and spread out into the downtown area.
Police - Commands - Sidewalks - Members - Confrontations
Often ignoring police commands to stay on the sidewalks, the antifa members marched around and engaged in small confrontations with individuals who were perceived or proclaimed to be against antifa. One case resulted in police using pepper balls and arresting a man on the counterprotest side who had advocated for fights throughout.
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