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FEATURING ARUN GUPTA – A rally by armed white supremacist Trump supporters in Portland, Oregon on Saturday was the site of violence after police lobbed flash bang grenades at the counter-protesters that had gathered there. About 400 or so members of the hate groups Patriot Prayer and Proud Boys gathered in Portland and were outnumbered by about 1,000 counter protesters.

Police, who have come under strong criticism for their one-sided actions in favor of the white supremacists, arrested four people. Several anti-fascist activists were injured including our guest Arun Gupta’s partner, Michelle Fawcett.

The rally was held just days before the first anniversary of the white supremacist takeover of Charlottesville, Virginia where Heather Heyer was killed by one of the right wing protesters.

Read the Guardian newspaper’s report on Michelle Fawcett’s injuries by police in Portland, HERE.

Arun Gupta is a regular news correspondent for Rising Up With Sonali. He’s an investigative journalist who has written for dozens of publications including the Washington Post, the Guardian, The Nation, Salon, and Raw Story. He is also author of the forthcoming book, “Bacon as a Weapon of Mass Destruction.”

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