No one can forget the hate displayed in Charlottesville, Virginia, at a White Nationalist rally in August. Heather Heyer, a 32-year old, was killed when a car plowed into a group of peaceful protesters, and another 19 people were injured. On Sunday afternoon, a similar rally took place organized by the Patriot Prayer group in Vancouver, Washington. The Patriot Prayer rally was comprised of a group of Neo-Nazis.
According to the Willamette Week:
‘A black Chevy Silverado with Oregon plates and two large American flags and several small flags hanging from its windows (along with a Confederate flag decal displayed on the back window of the cab) drove up to the marchers. It was driving slowly down a street flanked by people dressed in black bloc clothing.’
During the rally, the Willamette Week reported, that a man tried to plow his truck into a crowd of Antifa protesters after they threw water bottles and rocks at his truck. He then put his car in reverse and attempted to drive over them. Luckily, the crowd quickly dispersed and got out of his way so there were no injuries.
In a scary fashion, the driver continued to drive his car in reverse for close to a block and once he finally stopped at the next intersection, he began revving his engine. The paper reports:
‘The protesters yelled for everyone to clear the street and changed their path to escape the truck, walking down 6th Avenue to Washington Street. At that point, however, the truck re-appeared cutting the marchers off.’
The Vancouver police quickly followed with sirens blaring and the truck came to a stop. The man driving the truck was arrested at the scene for his attempts to put people’s lives in danger. The violence didn’t stop however, and another group, the “Proud Boys,” drove down the street and sprayed pepper spray out their windows at protesters in the street.
The “Proud Boys” were stopped by the police but were fairly quickly let go, and drove away 15 minutes later. However, reporters say that they crashed into a police vehicle.
The Patriot Prayer rally was originally going to be held in Portland, Oregon, but the organizer, Joey Gibson, changed his mind and moved it across the river. There were about 80 people in attendance at the rally and a group of counter-protesters. Some of the people attending had come from an earlier event in Portland where at least seven people were arrested.
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