Silent march, vigil marks Portland's third day of anti-Trump marches
PORTLAND, Ore. – A silent march and vigil is planned in Portland Sunday evening, marking the city’s third day of protests in response to the inauguration of President Donald Trump.
The group plans to gather at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Congregation Beth Israel on Northwest Flanders Street. A Facebook event shows that nearly 170 people are planning to attend.
Organizers said the protesters were silent to show their solidarity with those who may be silenced over the next four years.
The event follows two days of large-scale protesting in Portland.
On Friday, thousands gathered in Pioneer Square for an anti-Trump rally that preceded a march through downtown Portland. Many of the protesters disbanded by about 9 p.m. before Portland Police used tear gas, flash-bang grenades and other “riot-control agents” to disperse the remaining group.
More than 100,000 people gathered at Waterfront Park Saturday for Portland’s contribution in the Women’s March on Washington. The march served as a statement against Trump and created likely one of the largest crowds Portland has ever seen.
Organizers of Sunday’s march say it is to voice concerns of “hate speech, hate crimes and racial profiling under the incoming Donald Trump administration.”
The event starts at Congregation beth Israel with a speech from Steve Wax of the Oregon Justice Resource Center and an interfaith liturgy before a silent march to Pioneer Square.