City leaders, advocates denounce ‘hate and violence’ ahead of expected clashes in Portland

From the Oregonian, August 2021

A series of news conferences was held Friday ahead of a right-wing gathering expected Sunday at Portland’s waterfront that officials say could lead to violent clashes seen at previous events.

Portland activist groups Friday morning held a news conference denouncing the actions of far-right groups and demanding answers from elected officials. Shortly after, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler hosted a separate event online with various community leaders titled “Choose Love: A Community Gathering to Denounce Hate and Violence in Portland.”

A third news conference, held online Friday afternoon, saw Wheeler and Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell directly address for the first time a “variety of potentially large gatherings,” according to the mayor.

“I want to be clear, no permits have been requested or issued for these events,” Wheeler told reporters.

Such gatherings of right-wing groups previously have drawn opposition from left-wings groups, causing tensions between the two factions to boil over into outright brawls.

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