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Far-Right Protesters Attack Antiracist Protesters in Georgia, Michigan and Oregon

HeadlineAug 17, 2020

Antiracist protesters were violently confronted by right-wing groups in several cities over the weekend. In Georgia, a pro-Confederacy rally drew armed, far-right militia members to the Stone Mountain Confederate Memorial in Stone Mountain Park Saturday. They attacked anti-fascist and Black Lives Matter protesters with pepper spray as the counterprotesters chanted “Go home, racists!”

Meanwhile, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, members of the far-right hate group the Proud Boys started attacking counterprotesters who showed up at their rally. The Proud Boys waved American and Trump flags, and shouted racist slogans. Samuel Robinson, a local Black reporter from MLive, was arrested and briefly detained while covering the protest, despite identifying himself as a member of the press.

In Portland, Oregon, right-wing extremists and members of the “alt-right” group Patriot Prayer organized a small rally, where they shot pellets from paintball guns and pepper spray against counterprotesters.

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