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

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

"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. "There is never a place for bigotry or hatred in our community, and especially not now". The park is on federal property and therefore falls under the federal government's jurisdiction.

Again, it appears that Mayor Wheeler wishes to do something-anything-to relieve the city of its trauma.

Asha Deliverance's son, 23-year-old Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, was one of the two men who died. He also stated the City of Portland "has not and will not" issued any permits for the two rallies. The suspects were known to be members of a group called White Aryan Resistance which was later successfully sued on behalf of Seraw's family by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

He argued that the event should be called off in the wake of a double murder on a train last week, allegedly by white supremacist Jeremy Christian. Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, welcome to the program.

Gibson responded to Wheeler's request Monday, insisting he won't cancel the event, and warning that without the structure he plans to provide for the rally, the protests will likely spin out of control.

Besides being blatantly unconstitutional, Wheeler's stance unfairly links the acts of a lunatic to demonstrations that the mayor branded as "alt-right". Join the discussion on our Facebook page.

"The idea that Portland is so liberal supersedes this dark, hidden secret about racism", Gibson said.

"Jeremy Christian has nothing to do with us and nothing to do with our movement".

Gibson urged his supporters to remain calm.

One of the teens, Destinee Mangum, 16, told CNN affiliate KPTV that Christian "told us to go back to Saudi Arabia", and said that "we should just kill ourselves".

Wheeler reportedly said at a press conference that the right to free speech in the First Amendment does not protect what he considers hate speech. Because when we allow the government (or anyone else for that matter) to say that it's okay to talk about liking puppies but you will be silenced if you say you hate Muslims, a gray line has been established somewhere between the two. It says the aim of #MarchAgainstSharia is to promote human rights.

The ACLU's chapter in OR also rebuked Mayor Wheeler in a series of Twitter posts on Monday.

"This is a seminal moment in this state's history", Wheeler said. The looming threat of violence at the rally justified a shutdown while the city worked out a long-term solution.

Christian did not enter a plea during his first appearance Tuesday, and he is set to be formally arraigned on June 7, Lane Borg, executive director of Metropolitan Public Defenders, told ABC News. "But there's no long fuse anymore".

The stabbings cap a series of unsettling events in recent months in and around Portland.

Hastings warned that the mayor's decision could backfire if he doesn't reach out to the leaders of the groups whose rallies he's trying to block. After a 2002 incident in which Christian attempted to rob a convenience store, handcuffed an employee to the counter, and was subsequently shot in the face by police, the neighbor says, "He did his time in prison and clearly he should have stayed there, or at least gotten more help". "People are quashed for a minute, but they nearly nurse this notion of vengeance and they come out much worse than before".

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