As the United States barrel towards an election which may very well decide the future of the democratic experiment in that country, extremists such as the Proud Boys (among others) have ramped up the violence in both rhetoric and action with Portland being one of the key flash points:
Patriot Coalition: Leaked Messages Show Far-Right Group's Plans for Portland Violence https://t.co/etxb28nfr4— JJ MacNab (@jjmacnab) September 26, 2020
We can confirm that officers have conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle leaving Delta Park. The officers took possession of firearms, paintball guns, baseball bats, and shields. At least one criminal citation was issued. pic.twitter.com/rtJhzeCcv1— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) September 26, 2020
The rally is for Kyle Rittenhouse, the Kenosha shooter who killed two and injured a third, and Aaron 'Jay' Danielson, a right-winger shot dead in Portland by an antifascist.— Ford Fischer (@FordFischer) September 26, 2020
Some have outfits printed with both names. pic.twitter.com/tHlC492Uis
Man pushes live-streamer to the ground and kicks him in the face at Proud Boys is rally in Portland pic.twitter.com/SAdHShqir3— Zane Sparling (@PDXzane) September 26, 2020
While Canada has not yet seen the level of violence associated with their erstwhile American counterparts, the Canadian Proud Boys, after being more or less moribund for a couple of years but for a couple of chapters in Ontario, appears to be growing and spoiling for a fight.
In Calgary on August 27, Proud Boys showed up to counter-protest a BLM/Defund the Police rally at City Hall: