Violent protests again draw attention to Portland, Oregon

  • In this April 27, 2017, file photo, right wing group Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson speaks during a rally in support of free speech in Berkeley, Calif. The conflict between Patriot Prayer and the so-called “antifa” has dominated the landscape at marches and rallies in Portland, Ore., in recent months, creating turmoil and soul-searching in the city, a liberal bastion that also hides a dark and lesser-known history of racism dating back decades. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, file)

  • In this June 4, 2017, file photo, thousands of protesters gather in Portland, Ore., for competing rallies following the fatal stabbing of two men on a light-rail train by a man police say was shouting anti-Muslim slurs. Many Portland residents say they love their city’s reputation for political dissent but are dismayed it has become a spotlight for violence. (AP Photo/Kristena Hansen, file)

  • Mack Stilson, left, plays his mandolin and Victor Reuther, right, plays his guitar in a park in Portland, Ore., as they practice for an upcoming bluegrass gig during their lunch hour on June 7, 2018. Stilson and Reuther, both Portland residents, say they are proud of the city’s reputation for activism but they are concerned about dueling demonstrations that have turned violent in the past year in downtown Portland. A right-wing group called Patriot Prayer and self-described left-wing anti-fascists clashed in the streets on June 3, in some cases drawing blood, and police made four arrests. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)

PORTLAND, Ore. — Viral videos of bloody skirmishes between right-wing activists and self-described anti-fascists have drawn national attention to Portland, Oregon — a city of storied political activism that has struggled to keep the peace at dueling rallies illustrating a microcosm of the nation’s political division.