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Battle Lines in Portland

05 Jun

First – I think we owe kudos to the Portland Police Department for keeping this from becoming a bloody slug fest. Good Work!

Second, I don’t think the Trump supporter types quite understand what their close association with white wing, neo-Nazi, and white nationalists costs them in terms of credibility. I am seeing a lot of real Republicans with a lot of heartburn over the Chumph’s legitimization of white wing hate groups.

Lastly – a lot of white wingers aren’t old enough to remember the last time the left got pissed in this country. They have lit the fuse on something which has been dormant since the 60’s.

The Revolution in this case, has already started.

Right-wing free speech rally draws massive counterprotests in Portland

In a city splintered by protest, acrimony and the fresh pain of a pair of killings on a light-rail train, demonstrators gathered again — and clashed again — here Sunday afternoon, with a right-wing rally drawing thousands of counterprotesters in the heart of downtown.

The planned, permitted free-speech and pro-President Trump rally came just more than a week after 35-year-old Jeremy Christian — a man who performed Nazi salutes and screamed racial slurs at a recent right-wing rally here in late April — allegedly stabbed three men, killing two, after what witnesses said was a hate-filled tirade against two teenage girls on a light-rail train. The slain men, Rick Best, 53, and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, 23, and the survivor, Micah Fletcher, were standing up to Christian as he harassed the girls, one of whom was wearing a hijab.

The slayings shocked the city and exposed the long-simmering racial tension here, with roots in Oregon’s establishment as a white utopia in the Pacific Northwest. At the light-rail station where the two men were killed, a memorial of flowers, signs and messages of hope and sadness were scrawled in chalk, including this one: “Portland We Have to Do Better.”

Though drawing outrage and sympathy, the deaths in some ways only amplified the issue, again making Portland a magnet for the fight of political extremes.

Mat Dos Santos, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon, was giving a television interview about the attacks last week when a man stood behind him performing a Nazi salute. “Did an interview with Al Jazeera in downtown Portland this morning and man walks up and starts doing the Nazi salute behind me on camera,” he tweeted. “The interview was on the rise of hate and Free Speech.”

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler (D) last week tried to cancel Sunday’s right-wing rally, calling on federal officials to aid in pulling the group’s permit because he believed it would be destructive at a particularly difficult time. He wrote on Facebook that “our city is in mourning, our community’s anger is real.” His request, which was declined, drew criticism from the ACLU of Oregon: “The government cannot revoke or deny a permit based on the viewpoint of the demonstrators. Period.”

Sunday’s rally — in an outdoor plaza sandwiched between City Hall and the jail where Christian is being held — provided a vivid illustration of the city’s divisions.

Protesters surrounded the plaza in the hours before the rally began. To the west, in front of City Hall, protesters chanted and displayed signs with such messages as “Wake Up Portland! Your city is racist!” and “Nazis? Never!” Steps away, dozens of local organizations took to a microphone at City Hall in a “Portland Stands Against Hate” rally.

“An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us,” Cari Luna, chair of the Portland chapter of Democratic Socialists of America, said in a statement Sunday morning. “We’re here now, we’re coming together, and we’re saying NO to racism, NO to bigotry. We want a world where every person is truly free, and we’re not going to let the last dinosaurs of the white colonialist patriarchy stand in our way.”

To the north, hundreds of black-clad, left-wing, anti-fascist protesters chanted, blared music and held paper-mache spiders and skeletons, which have become signature icons at Portland protests. Beyond them, a group of Buddhists sat in silent protest.

And to the south, labor union members clad in helmets and safety vests screamed: “Racists! Murderers! Fascists! Out of Portland!”

Between every block were thick lines of Portland police and Homeland Security officers clad in riot gear; they made several arrests. Portland police announced about 3:30 p.m. that the anti-facist assembly was considered unlawful before deploying a volley of flash grenades into the crowd of counterprotesters, sending black-clad demonstrators running.

In the center of it all, at the rally, an assembly of right-wing groups including American Freedom M/C, Patriot Prayer, the III Percenters and Oath Keepers gathered, many of them vowing to defend free speech.

Patriot Prayer’s Joey Gibson, who has said that his group tried to eject Christian from the April protest, brought a message of peace to Portland: “I want everybody here . . . to find it in yourself to make this day positive, with no hate and no violence,” he told the crowd. “We have to understand Portland is legitimately shaken up right now.”

He called on his supporters to “prove them wrong. . . . Hatred is a disease. We need to start spreading love to get rid of this hate.”

 
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8 responses to “Battle Lines in Portland

  1. lkeke35

    June 5, 2017 at 9:08 AM

    Something has certainly been awakened in people. I like this new brand of civic responsibility too. Liberals have been asleep too long.

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    • btx3

      June 5, 2017 at 9:18 AM

      It is the expression of a white-hot anger over the takeover of our government by means largely illegitimate, and the attempted repression of dissent. This country’s political pendulum swings in 30-40 year cycles from left to right. The right wing government currently in the Majority wasn’t voted for, or supported by a majority of Americans. The anti-fascist groups taking on the alt-right and racist right at demonstrations is just the beginning, just as the anti-war protesters of the 60’s led to the Weathermen. Things in this country are poising to go bump in the night.

      I believe that at some point this Immigration deportation thing is also going to blow up. I can’t see the ruthless and overboard actions of ICE long being tolerated.

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  2. CNu

    June 5, 2017 at 10:52 AM

    The anti-fascist groups taking on the alt-right and racist right at demonstrations is just the beginning, just as the anti-war protesters of the 60’s led to the Weathermen

    rotflmbao…, uh, there were black panthers and the soldier’s rebellion, and other real things going on in the 1960’s that these Occupy/BLM/antifa snowflakes couldn’t even begin to imagine. No, BTx3, the intersectional coalition of snowflakes won’t consolidate under a fake, wall street and deep state owned democrat big tent, and no, there aren’t any conscripts among their ranks who possess the tactical and operational knowledge to actually do anything more than assemble as a police-manageable rabble in the street.

    This here’s about the scariest thing you have going for team liberal DNC right now;

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    • btx3

      June 5, 2017 at 1:35 PM

      Keep believing that, C. And sleep tight!

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  3. CNu

    June 5, 2017 at 3:35 PM

    lol, and I won’t let the bed bugs bite either. Your “cohort” on the other hand, may need to take some kind of pill.

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    • btx3

      June 5, 2017 at 4:51 PM

      Which “cohort” would that be?

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      • CNu

        June 5, 2017 at 6:18 PM

        lol, I honestly ain’t know. But you steady selling them woof tickets just the same.

        The right wing government currently in the Majority wasn’t voted for, or supported by a majority of Americans. The anti-fascist groups taking on the alt-right and racist right at demonstrations is just the beginning, just as the anti-war protesters of the 60’s led to the Weathermen. Things in this country are poising to go bump in the night.

        If I had to guess as to what you can muster to go “bump in the night” it’d be along these lines right’chere;

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      • btx3

        June 5, 2017 at 7:46 PM

        Dang…And here I thought they were your Storm Trooper’s new uniforms. Good to know you have your full mind on this!

        Gonna keep this little Camp Stove hot…At some point soon we going to have something to put in that boiling pot.

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