Portland mayor asks federal government to revoke permit for 'alt-right' protest

The American Civil Liberties Union of OR said Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler's plan to cancel two alt-right rallies in his city is unconstitutional.

Mayor Ted Wheeler on Monday called on the federal government to revoke the permit for a rally set for Sunday, and to deny permission for a second rally on June 10. "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", Wheeler wrote Monday on Facebook.

Joey Gibson is organizer of that rally.

The rally organizer also revealed to the cable news outlet that he had no intention of canceling the event: "If I cancel this rally and 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". "There is never a place for bigotry or hatred in our community, and especially not now".

The government has already granted a permit for the earlier rally.

"I am calling on the federal government to IMMEDIATELY REVOKE the permits (s) they have issued for the June 4th event and to not issue a permit for June 4th event and to not issue a permit for June 10th", Wheeler said in a statement.

Witnesses to the stabbing of three men Friday, allegedly by Jeremy Christian, say the man was yelling hateful, anti-Muslim slurs toward two girls, and the victims were trying to calm him down when Christian stabbed them.

Christian has been charged with two counts of aggravated murder and one count of attempted murder, all felonies, in Friday's attack aboard a Portland commuter train.

Mayor Ted Wheeler said he appreciated Trump's words but stressed the need for action.

The attack came at a time of escalating tensions in Portland, a city with a long track record of activism and protests.

This is not an uncommon claim on the left side of the political spectrum.

"He told us to go back to Saudi Arabia, and he told us we shouldn't be here, to get out of his country", Mangum said.

Gibson said he will not cancel the June 4 rally.

"You have said that you will be President for all Americans".

The "March Against Sharia", which Gibson is also involved in, says Islamic law "is incompatible with our Constitution and American values". According to the American Civil Liberties Union of OR, governments can require permits for peaceful protests as long as they "treat all groups the same".

He vigorously denied any associated with Christian, and said they had kicked him out of a previous demonstration. "That is a core, fundamental freedom of the United States". The looming threat of violence at the rally justified a shutdown while the city worked out a long-term solution. "They have a First Amendment right to speak, but hate speech is not protected".

Portland has struggled to stop violence from flaring up at public gatherings in recent months.

In April, Portland's typically family-friendly rose parade was canceled after antifa activists threatened to shut down roads if a Republican group wasn't barred from the event. "People are quashed for a minute, but they nearly nurse this notion of vengeance and they come out much worse than before".

  • Larry Hoffman