Good morning, Portland! Let's get up to speed on what happened over the weekend:
Portland Protests Fizzle: Close to one thousand anti-fascists gathered at Portland's waterfront Saturday to oppose a highly anticipated rally instigated by out-of-town bigots (read: Proud Boys). With the help of the Portland Police Bureau, the few hundred Proud Boys safely fled the rally 30 minutes after arriving, leaving the hundreds of on-duty officers to focus their efforts on containing and arresting anti-fascist locals. Compared to past far-right protests on the streets of Portland, Saturday was significantly low-key. (Of course, this hasn't kept the internet from zeroing in on the small spurts of violence between protesters).
Hello Canada: Here I am bumbling over the day's mess on live TV.
Portland Protests: There have been bursts of aggression and fighting between far-right and far-left protesters. But, for the most part, the wide spread violence police were anticipating did not happen.@alex_zee, news editor with @portlandmercury gives us an update. pic.twitter.com/2wqQbpEyax
— Natasha Fatah (@NatashaFatah) August 18, 2019
And Here Are Anti-Fascist Bananas Playing Instruments
Up in Smoke: A massive fire in Bangladesh's capital city, Dhaka, has left some 10,000 people homeless. No deaths have been reported, but the fire has forced thousands of the predominantly low-income residents impacted by the fire to temporarily relocate into nearby schools.
The 1619 Project: The New York Times Magazine has published a remarkable series of essays, photographs, and in-depth reporting to commemorate the 400 year anniversary of African slaves arriving in America. Start reading.
Wedding Warzone: The Islamic State has taken responsibility for bombing an Afghan wedding reception, which killed 63. Both the bride and groom survived. And yet: “Death is better for me than this,” Mirwais Alami, the groom, told a local television channel. “Even if they tear me to pieces now, and take a piece of me to each home that lost a loved one so they get solace, their hearts won’t get peace.”
The rain has started to pour in Hong Kong, but that hasn't put off the thousands of protesters huddling under umbrellas in Victoria Park. The park is so full, many are spilling out onto the surrounding streets: https://t.co/EhrgKYTXsG pic.twitter.com/kXPoyAwbWx
— CNN (@CNN) August 18, 2019
No Place To Go: Los Angeles has banned homeless people from living in their cars and RVs. Now what?
Suspected Shooter Stopped: Thanks to a threatening social media post, police may have stopped a white supremacist from attacking a Jewish community center in Ohio.
Cool Trick, Guys: Portland police digitally covered up a suspect's facial tattoos after witnesses to a bank robbery said the robber didn't have tattoos on his face.
This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things: A person riding an electric scooter the wrong direction down a downtown Portland street collided with a bicyclist Saturday, sending the helmet-wearing cyclist to the hospital with minor injuries. The scooter-er, who wasn't wearing a helmet, has been cited for violating traffic laws. Police have determined the incident was unrelated to the Saturday protests.