Portland protests ensue after Charlottesville violence, white nationalist rally
PORTLAND, Ore. —
Following chaos, violence and even death surrounding a white nationalist rally and counter-protests in Charlottesville, Virginia Saturday, several Portland groups planned protests of their own.
One person was killed and 19 others injured after a car plowed through a group of counter-protesters in Charlottesville. Two state officers also died in a helicopter crash that officials say was linked to the protests. A state of emergency has been declared in Virginia in response to the rallies and protests in Emancipation Park.
The events began when a group of white nationalists carrying torches descended on the University of Virginia campus Friday night.
The group chanted "one people, one nation, end immigration."
President Trump has called for 'condemnation of hate' following the violence.
The NAACP Portland gathered at the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial statue at the Oregon Convention Center around 3 PM Saturday to "stand against racsim".
Portland's Queer Liberation Front also planned a protest outside Pioneer Courthouse downtown. The group began gathering around 5 PM, and moved to Chapman Square a short while later.
The event description on Facebook reads, "Today, Neo Nazis rammed a vehicle into a crowd of counter protesters after a KKK and Nazi rally in Charlottesville, VA. Police defended the armed rally as they attacked counter protesters throughout the day. Wear black, come stand in solidarity. Mourn the dead---fight like hell for the living."