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The right-wing Patriot Prayer rally drew a large group of counter-protesters. Portland Police say the flash bangs were used by officers.
     USA TODAY

Oregon's largest city was calm and quiet Sunday after a day of chaotic, competing protests that clogged Portland streets, crippled public transit and left at least eight people injured.

Police in riot gear broke up the demonstrations as clashes developed among law enforcers, anti-fascist "antifa" protesters and right-wing groups. Three people were charged with crimes, police said.

As the violence increased, police declared a civil disturbance and ordered the protests dispersed. Pepper spray was used by demonstrators and police, Assistant Chief Chris Davis said, "Demonstration events are very fluid in nature and the management of these events is complex," Davis said late Saturday. "There are hundreds of peaceful free speech events in the city in the year that do not result in violence. Unfortunately, today some community members and officers were injured." Multiple groups, including Rose City Antifa, the Proud Boys and conservative activist Haley Adams protest in downtown Portland, Ore., Saturday, June 29, 2019. ” width=”540″ data-mycapture-src=”” data-mycapture-sm-src=””/>

Multiple groups, including Rose City Antifa, the Proud Boys and Conservative activist Haley Adams protest in downtown Portland, Ore., Saturday, June 29 , 2019. (Photo: Dave Killen /, AP)