PORTLAND MAYOR TO BAN FREE SPEECH RALLIES, BLAMES ON TRUMP SUPPORTERS LEFT-WING JEREMY CHRISTIAN STABBING RAMPAGE

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On Friday three men Rick Best, Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, and Micah Fletcher stood up against bigotry and hatred. Two paid with their lives. A third was seriously injured.

Our community remains in shock and mourning. But we are also tremendously grateful to our heroes and their families for their selflessness and heroism. They will serve to inspire us to be the loving, courageous people we are meant to be.

As Mayor, I wanted to update you on a few developments:

1) I have reached out to all of the victims and their families, including the two women who were terrorized and subjected to such hatred and bigotry. I have offered my unconditional assistance and support, day or night.

2) I have confirmed that the City of Portland has NOT and will not issue any permits for the alt right events scheduled on June 4th or June 10th. The Federal government controls permitting for Shrunk Plaza, and it is my understanding that they have issued a permit for the event on June 4th.

3) 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 difficult situation.

4) I am appealing to the organizers of the alt-right demonstrations to CANCEL the events they have scheduled on June 4th and June 10th. I urge them to ask their supporters to stay away from Portland. There is never a place for bigotry or hatred in our community, and especially not now.

 

 

Organized by  Joey Gibson, Trump supporters are planning to hold a rally on June 4th called “Trump Free Speech Rally Portland“. Another rally scheduled for June 10th is part of a nationwide effort that day by Act for America called, “March Against Sharia — March for Human Rights“.

 

Gibson issued a video statement Monday, reported KATU-TV that he will not cancel the rally despite of the mayor’s call.

“Mayor Wheeler will not convince me to cancel the rally. I will not do that for several reasons,” he said. “One reason is that if I cancel this rally and if we don’t have a permit, you’re talking about hundreds of people just showing up in the park with no leadership, no voice of reason, nothing.”

“If they pull our permits, we cannot kick out the white supremacists, we cannot kick out the Nazis,” he said.

“Our speakers aren’t going to be filled with any hate,” Gibson said. “I have nothing to do with Jeremy Christian, and I will not stand down. I will make sure that I get up there, and I will make sure that I speak and say my piece. Because the things that I say, the things that I preach goes against everything that Jeremy Christian would have said.”

Gibson’s announcement for the June 4th rally states:

PATRIOT PRAYER-JOEY GIBSON

Free Speech Rally with BASED STICKMAN, BASED SPARTAN, PATRIOT GIRL, WARRIORS FOR FREEDOM, AND MANY OTHERS IN DOWNTOWN PORTLAND…one of the most liberal areas on the West Coast. There will be speakers exercising their free speech, live music, flags, and an uplifting experience to bring back strength and courage to those who believe in freedom.

Thank you Trump for all you have done.”

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