Oregon Governor declares emergency in Portland as Proud Boys rally approaches
Added 09-26-20 05:18:02am EST - “Oregon Gov. Kate Brown declared a state of emergency in Portland on Friday as authorities anticipate violent clashes between opposing groups over the weekend during a scheduled rally held by a righ?” - Nypost.com
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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown declared a state of emergency in Portland on Friday as authorities anticipate violent clashes between opposing groups over the weekend during a scheduled rally held by a right-wing group.
Members of the Proud Boys are planning to gather at a downtown park Saturday, potentially setting the stage for confrontations with counterprotesters. Both groups have violently clashed in the city on several occasions.
Brown’s order will put the Oregon State Police and Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office in charge of crowd management efforts. In a news conference, she said groups like the Proud Boys seek to intimidate counterprotesters and inflame tensions.
“The Proud Boys and Patriot Prayer groups have come to Portland time and time again from out of state looking for a fight and the results are always tragic,” she said. “Let me be perfectly clear: We will not tolerate any kind of violence this weekend. Those stoking the flames of violence, those coming to Portland looking for a fight will be held accountable.”
She accused both groups of instigating violence in the city, repeatedly played out when right-wing protesters hold rallies in an effort to provoke those with opposing views.
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