After Stabbing, Portland's Mayor Wants 2 Right-Wing Demonstrations Canceled

Lauren Perry
June 2, 2017

One of them was quoted as saying, "You need to get off this train".

Permit or no permit, Gibson says that folks will be coming to Portland for the June 4 event, with many attendees heading to the alt-right rally from out of the area.

He's accused of killing two men and injuring a third who tried to stop his anti-Muslim tirade against two young women.

Christian had been seen at a right-wing "March for Free Speech" in Portland April 29 in the same city. "Police confiscated a baseball bat Christian took to the rally".

This wasn't an isolated incident, however.

It comes amid a wider debate in the US about the First Amendment, often in liberal cities like Portland and Berkeley, Calif., and on college campuses, where violent protests between far-right and far-left protesters have derailed appearances by contentious figures.

The rally was announced on Facebook, featuring speakers that include, according to the invitation, Kyle Chapman who was arrested at a pro-Trump rally for hitting an anti-fascist protester over the head, a guy nicknamed Based Spartan (who usually shows up barechested with a helmet and American flag trousers, and who made his name fighting left-wing protesters at Berkley), and a group called Warriors for Freedom.

"There will be protests and counter-protests this weekend in Portland".

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Mayor Wheeler reiterated at a Monday press conference that the City of Portland had not issued any permits for either event and vowed that none would be issued.

"I am calling on the federal government to IMMEDIATELY REVOKE the permit (s) they have issued for the June 4th event and to not issue a permit for June 10th.Our city is in mourning, our community's anger is real, and the timing and subject of these events can only exacerbate an already hard situation". "So, I ask you Mr. President to take action at this time", Deliverance wrote to Trump.

A "Trump Free Speech Rally" in Portland is scheduled for June 4, and a "March Against Sharia" for June 10th.

"Our city is in mourning. And the timing and subject of these events can only exacerbate what is already a hard situation", he said. In addition to calling on the feds to revoke the permit for the Trump Free Speech Rally, Wheeler called on organizers of both Portland alt-right gatherings to step up and cancel the events themselves as well ask their supporters to "stay away from Portland", reports ABC News.

On the other side, the left wing group Rose City Antifa - that's short for anti-fascist - has announced their own Stand United Against Fascism Rally for the same day.

Another victim, 21-year-old Micah David-Cole Fletcher, is recovering in the hospital after Christian stabbed him in the neck.

"Consequently, in order to ensure the safety of those who had planned on attending, we have taken the decision to cancel the Portland March Against Sharia".

"And then we turned around while they were fighting, and he just started stabbing people, and it was just blood everywhere, and we just started running for our lives", Mangum said.

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