Portland Oregon: Rose Parade Canceled After Threats Of Violence From “Antifascist” Democrats

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE WASHINGTON POST)

Portland rose parade canceled after ‘antifascists’ threaten GOP marchers

April 27 at 6:31 AM

For 10 years, the 82nd Avenue of Roses Business Association has kicked off the city of Portland’s annual Rose Festival with a family-friendly parade meant to attract crowds to its diverse neighborhood.

Set to march in the parade’s 67th spot this year was the Multnomah County Republican Party, a fact that so outraged two self-described antifascist groups in the deep blue Oregon city that they pledged to protest and disrupt the April 29 event.

Then came an anonymous and ominous email, according to parade organizers, that instructed them to cancel the GOP group’s registration — or else.

“You have seen how much power we have downtown and that the police cannot stop us from shutting down roads so please consider your decision wisely,” the anonymous email said, referring to the violent riots that hit Portland after the 2016 presidential election, reported the Oregonian. “This is nonnegotiable.”

The email said that 200 people would “rush into the parade” and “drag and push” those marching with the Republican Party.

“We will not give one inch to groups who espouse hatred toward LGBT, immigrants, people of color or others,” it said.

On Tuesday, the business association buckled, announcing it would cancel the parade altogether.

“Following threats of violence during the Parade by multiple groups planning to disrupt the event, 82nd Avenue of Roses Business Association can no longer guarantee the safety of our community and have made the difficult decision to cancel the Parade,” the group said in a statement.

The “antifascist” groups Oregon Students Empowered and Direct Action Alliance were behind the organized protests scheduled for the parade Saturday but told the Oregonian they had nothing to do with the anonymous email.

A petition to bring back the parade garnered nearly 200 signatures online, but on Wednesday organizers stood firmly beside their decision.

“It’s all about safety for our fans, first and foremost. If we can’t provide safety for our fans, there’s no use in trying,” Rich Jarvis, spokesman for the Rose Festival Foundation, told the Oregonian. “Our official position is we’re extremely sad about this.”

Online, others were outraged, calling members of the antifascist groups who planned to protest “snowflakes,” “anti-American” and “a bunch of chickens and brats.”

“Shutting down free speech is the (epitome) of fascism,” one person wrote on Facebook. “This is America.”

The free speech uproar in Portland reflects controversies across the country, particularly on college campuses, where speakers with conservative and sometimes extreme right-wing ideologies have been met with occasionally violent protests or threats of protests.

Portland’s anti-Trump protest turns destructive

 

Police in Portland, Ore., said that protests against President-elect Donald Trump had turned into “a riot,” on Nov. 10, with some smashing windows and lighting fires in the streets. (Jenny Starrs/The Washington Post)

Appearances by former Breitbart writer Milo Yiannopoulos, self-proclaimed white nationalist Richard Spencer and, most recently, conservative commentator Ann Coulter have all been disrupted or canceled.

In a statement, Direct Action Alliance said it was “disappointed” that the parade was canceled but added that “no Portland child will see a march in support of this fascist regime go unopposed.”

James Buchal, chairman of the Multnomah County Republican Party, said in a statement that his group wants the parade to continue.

“The bottom line is that Portland needs to choose between supporting terrorist thugs and protecting average citizens who want to participate in their community,” Buchal said. “The Multnomah County Republican Party is not composed of ‘Nazis’ and ‘white supremacists’ and those who think we would tolerate marching in a parade with folks carrying swastikas are delusional.”

Anti-Democracy Democrats Riot In Portland Oregon: Lock The Law Breakers Up!

 

Portland’s anti-Trump protest turns violent, as rioters rampage in Pearl

Jim Ryan | The Oregonian/OregonLiveBy Jim Ryan | The Oregonian/OregonLive
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on November 10, 2016 at 6:30 PM, updated November 10, 2016 at 10:32 PM

A third consecutive day of anti-Trump demonstrations turned violent Thursday night, as protesters began with a march and chanting but eventually smashed cars at a dealership and rampaged through the Pearl District shattering business windows.

Police declared the demonstration a “riot” more than three hours after its 5 p.m. start, citing “extensive criminal and dangerous behavior.” The bureau said it warned the crowd about the designation, then tweeted that rioting is a class C felony.

The crowd – at least on par with the 2,000 that gathered the night before — started at Pioneer Courthouse Square in the early evening before taking off on a route that included a stop at the Portland waterfront and trip over the Hawthorne Bridge into Southeast Portland.

It eventually moved into Northeast Portland, where at least 19 cars at Toyota of Portland were vandalized, according to a sales manager.

Protesters then made their way west across the Broadway Bridge and into the Pearl District, where business windows along Northwest Lovejoy Street and elsewhere were smashed.

About 9:45 p.m., police in riot gear confronted the crowd and shut down the North Park Blocks area. They warned that some protesters were preparing “gas and flares” and that participants should leave for their own safety.

Police said protesters should return to Pioneer Courthouse Square to continue peaceful protest, and those remaining would be arrested.

It was unclear if any arrests had been made by 10 p.m. Most protesters were moving in the direction of Pioneer square; a few remained in the park blocks area.

Cries of “destroy the Pearl!” That’s a fancy area. Lots of money there.

 (THIS KIND OF HUMAN TRASH IS WHAT IS ACTUALLY WRONG WITH THE UNITED STATES, THEY THINK THAT THEY ARE THE ONLY ONES WHO SHOULD HAVE ANY RIGHTS, CIVIL OR OTHERWISE. ARREST THE ONES THAT ARE DOING THE RIOTING, EVERY ONE OF THEM, CHARGE THEM AND LOCK THEM UP!)(TRS)

Protesters stayed off freeways as of 8 p.m. — a departure from the previous two nights’ anti-Trump efforts. Authorities briefly closed freeways as a precaution, TriMet trains and buses were affected, and traffic was disrupted where protesters passed.

Tensions flared at times between protesters and motorists, with police tweeting they received reports of “vandalism and aggressive behavior” in the protest crowd. Altercations included a motorist’s windshield being cracked while she tried to navigate through protesters, saying she needed to tend to an emergency.

Some observers reported that a woman apparently was injured after some demonstrators said she was throwing liquid Tide at protesters. A bottle of Tide lay on the ground nearby as demonstrators called for protest medics to tend to the woman, who stayed on the ground for a few minutes.

Trump tweeted mid-Thursday night about the protests that have erupted across the country, calling them “unfair” and prompted by the media.

Just had a very open and successful presidential election. Now professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair!

A new activist group galvanized by Trump’s election promoted the protest, which was one of multiple demonstrations Thursday in Portland. Dubbed Portland’s Resistance and composed of students and youth from protests that took over freeways Wednesday morning and night, spokesman Gregory McKelvey said the organization will use anti-Trump efforts to prop up local movements.

Protest chants included the rallying call of “Not my president,” in reference to the newly elected Trump. Some protesters carried signs, among them: “Oppression thrives off isolation. Stand united.” “We reject the fascist agenda.” “You’re fired!”

Halim Byron said he decided to join in the latest protest partly because he believes Trump flouts convention — then flaunts it.

“He does what he wants to, and he’s made that a cornerstone of his campaign,” said Byron, a 60-year-old Portland resident.

Kaden Burdick, a 20-year-old Portland resident, said he sees the election of Trump as a rise of white supremacy and wants to fight against racism, xenophobia and homophobia that Trump’s comments appear to have unleashed.

As the larger Waterfront rally gathered, a smaller, faith-based group remained back in the small, tiered space in Pioneer Courthouse Square’s northwest corner. Leaders from Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist and First Nations faiths spoke to the crowd that lingered long after the larger Trump protest embarked onto downtown Portland’s streets.

The leaders put together the event to coincide with the march, said Rev. Michael Ellick, senior minister of First Congregational United Church of Christ.

Follow along below for updates.

Ellick, who served as emcee for a parade of speakers, said before the event in a news release: “For just about anybody who isn’t white, for anybody who isn’t in the top 1 percent and — you know — for all women everywhere — there is a lot of fear right now. So it’s more important than ever for the spiritual and moral adults on this planet to show up, speak clearly and get organized.”

The audience lingered at least an hour after the larger group departed, mostly listening to speakers and occasionally breaking into song, such as the spiritual, “We Shall Overcome.”

They were dwarfed by a 75-foot Douglas fir that had been set up just hours earlier in preparation for the city’s annual holiday tree-lighting ceremony on the day after Thanksgiving.

Video by Maxwell Radi/The Oregonian/OregonLive

TriMet earlier had warned again that MAX lines and most buses would likely experience significant delays because of the protests — in Pioneer Square, as well as elsewhere around the city, including Mt. Tabor Park and Holladay Park. Some stations and stops may close for safety reasons, the agency said.

TriMet tweeted an appeal for protesters to not block public transit. The agency said it respects the right to peacefully demonstrate, but “if you’re out there making your voice heard, please don’t disrupt transit service. … Similarly, we ask that you don’t vandalize our equipment.”

While the smashing was going on across the river, a group of about 50 people sat on steps or stood waiting to take a microphone along the downtown waterfront as a scattering of votive candles flickered on the ground. They talked about losing a loved one to HIV, supporting Hillary Clinton and even laughed at ways to best challenge Trump.

Two people sat side by side with a sign that said “We shall overcome.” A woman with children listened intently.

— Jim Ryan and Allan Brettman
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