Protest-turned-riot / Portland, OR / Aug. 4, 2018

On Saturday, August 4, 2018 a far-right men's organization known as the Proud Boys and the Patriot Prayer gathered on the Portland Waterfront. Both of these groups are known to have heavy ties to white supremacy. Hundreds of counter-protestors showed up in opposition to the gathering, including a large number of black-clad ANTIFA (anti-fascists).

Standing on opposite sides of the street, both sides chanted various slogans and songs, both sides dressed in various states of armor, eyes and faces covered, with signs displaying everything from the hammer and sickle to "Make America Great Again" to "Love Wins." Portland Police, armed and dressed in riot gear, warned protestors to stay out of the streets and on the sidewalks. Tensions grew until they broke - Portland PD began firing flash-bangs and tear gas into the crowd of ANTIFA and other counter-protestors. The protest was eventually declared a riot.

I attended this protest as a photojournalist in my own right to document a moment in history. These are the photos I captured.

(If you would like more information about the happenings from Saturday or the groups involved, a quick Google search will give you lots of answers!)

Katey Lee