A rally organized by the far-right Proud Boys in Portland, Ore., is expected to draw thousands of supporters and counterprotesters Saturday.
With the city bracing for violent clashes, Gov. Kate Brown declared a state of emergency Friday and agreed to send in troopers to help local police, according to the Statesman Journal,.
The Proud Boys, designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, described the rally as a "free speech" event to support President Trump and police, restore law and order and condemn “violent gangs of rioting felons."
"As we head into the weekend, we are aware that white supremacist groups from out of town, including the Proud Boys, are planning a rally on Saturday in Portland," Brown, a Democrat, said in a statement. "Significant crowds of people are expected to join -- some people will be armed, with others ready to harass or intimidate Oregonians. Many are from out of state."
“The Proud Boys and Patriot Prayer groups have come time and time again looking for a fight, and the results are always tragic. Let me be perfectly clear: We will not tolerate any type of violence this weekend," she added. "Left, right or center, violence is never a path towards meaningful change.”
"The First Amendment does not give anyone license to hurt or kill someone because of opposing political views," the governor said.
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, also a Democrat, said the city will "use every available power and resource ... to protect free speech and our community from violence."
The Proud Boys have held multiple events in Portland since Trump's election, alongside other right-wing groups such as Patriot Prayer. The gatherings have sparked some violent clashes with left-wing counter-demonstrators.
Similar competing demonstrations have ended with fistfights and bloodshed, including the fatal shooting on Aug. 29 of Aaron “Jay” Danielson, a supporter of a right-wing group, who was killed in Portland after a caravan a pro-Trump supporters drove pickup trucks in a caravan downtown.
The suspect, Antifa supporter Michael Reinoehl, was shot in a hail of gunfire by federal officers as they moved in to arrest him in neighboring Washington state.
In an interview with Vice published the day he was killed, Reinoehl said he was acting in self-defense when he shot Danielson in the chest.
The Proud Boys mentioned the death of Danielson, a Trump supporter, in their permit application, as well as Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old charged in the shooting deaths of two protesters in Kenosha, Wisc.
Rittenhouse's attorneys have said he was acting in self-defense.
The Proud Boys raised the specter of a vigilante response to the actions of a “mob” in a permit application filed with the city this week.
Shootings have also escalated. The Portland Police Bureau released gun violence statistics on Sept. 4 that showed there have been more than 480 shootings as of Sept. 3 compared to 299 shootings for all of 2019.
Authorities said in July that downtown Portland businesses have sustained an estimated $23 million in damages due to rioting.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.