WATCH: Antifa bring shields and weapons to disrupt Christian prayer event in Portland

According to journalist Andy Ngo “on Saturday in Portland, antifa gathered to violently shut down a Christian group that gathered to pray. Antifa can be seen pulling apart the speaker equipment. An attendee told me children & families were attacked. Police were called but didn’t respond.”

“Shocking video recorded in Portland show a large group of antifa carrying shields & weapons move in to attack & shut down a family Christian prayer & worship event on the waterfront. Police did not intervene,” he added in a separate tweet.

According to KOIN:

Posters on social media had advertised a gathering led by Pastor Artur Pawlowski at noon near the Battleship Oregon Memorial off Southwest Naito Parkway — but the first confrontation began closer to the Salmon Street Springs.

Dozens of black-clad counter protesters pushed into the right-wing band, hurling a flash grenade and spurring Portland Police Bureau squad cars onto the grass under the mid-day sun. The right-wing group marched to their announced gathering point in response.

“Antifa had threatened to beat people up and do what they do — and then they showed up and did it,” an attendee from the right-wing side said. “The police were not even far from there and they were laughing in their vehicles and doing their thing. It’s probably hard to care as an officer in a place where they take away all your funding.”

Several speakers preached to the crowd of perhaps a few more than 50, while the original band dressed in black appeared to consider the confrontation a success. But soon a dozen or so counter-protesters trickled over to the memorial, leading to shouting matches.