More drama from Portland. What could possibly go wrong?
By Alex Zielinski Portland Mercury
As Portland prepares to take on the familiar role as a battlefield for far-right groups brawling with antifascist counter-protesters this Sunday, city leaders are relying on the possibility that attendees will “choose love.”
During a virtual rally Friday, organized by an online retail group called “I Choose Love USA,” Mayor Ted Wheeler denounced the idea of hate groups organizing in Portland—although he fell short of directly addressing the event.
“Hate and hate groups have no place in our city. Violence has no place in our city. Bigotry has no place in our city,” said Wheeler. “I can say confidently that I speak for all Portlanders when I say we will not tolerate acts of violence, destruction, prejudice, or intimidation.”
Members of local right-wing groups—including the Proud Boys and Patriot Prayer—are planning to meet in Portland Sunday afternoon, August 22, for an event dubbed “United We Win.” While originally planned for Portland’s Tom McCall Waterfront Park, event organizers now say the rally’s new location will be revealed Sunday morning. The event marks a year since right-wing groups met in downtown Portland and shot paintballs and cherry bombs at antifascist counter-protesters with little police intervention. As they did last year, local antifascists have planned to respond to this Sunday’s right-wing event with a counter-protest. It’s not clear how many people are expected to be in attendance. In the past, these types of clashing events have drawn out several hundred protesters.