AUSTIN (KXAN) — Conservative protesters gathered at the state capitol Saturday for their “March Against Far Left Violence.” They were met with opposition from liberal counter-protesters.
The organizers of the event were joined by the group Patriot Prayer, who back on June 30th held a similar rally in Portland, Oregon.
They claimed that violence from far left activists such as Antifa, and city officials reneging on their commitment to provide security, caused their rally to be shut down.
“We are tired of Antifa and other far-left groups attacking conservatives and trying to shut us up. They are the real racist and fascist! We will AGAIN be out to exercise our 1st Amendment right and we will not be silenced or shut down,” the Facebook page for the ‘March Against the Far Left’ said.
Liberal groups were present at the capitol. Houston Antifa organized the counter-protest to oppose the “March Against Far Left Violence.”
“While the far-Right seeks power only through their violence and intimidation, homogeneity and control, we seek a different way. Our power is in our popular support, our ties to our communities, and our sheer numbers,” said the event page for the Houston Antifa counter-protest.
One man was arrested by Austin DPS for possession of a prohibited weapon.
This event comes one week after conservative groups marched in Washington, D.C on the anniversary of last year’s infamous “Unite The Right” rally.