Police, FBI, Homeland Security expected at Sunday protests in PDX: What you need to know
Pro-Trump and anti-fascist (Antifa) forces are gathering in downtown Portland Sunday afternoon, and some are fearful the opposing groups may be looking for a fight.
A 'Trump Free Speech Rally' organized by the Patriot Prayer group is scheduled for 2PM at Terry Schrunk Plaza, and Antifa chapters are planning a counter demonstration at Chapman Square (across the street).
The two sides have clashed at other recent demonstrations, namely a protest in Portland's Montavilla neighborhood following the cancellation of the 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade.
It was at this protest on April 29 that much of the public got a first glimpse at Jeremy Christian, the man accused of stabbing and killing two people and injuring another on a MAX train a little over a week ago.
A man named Kyle Chapman, known by his supporters as the 'Based Stick Man', is somewhat of a celebrity in the the alt-right community. He's coming to Portland from California for Sunday's Free Speech Rally.
He posted a tweet Thursday evening which some saw as a threat.
"I officially decree open season season [sic] on Antifa. Smash on sight!", it read. (See photo above).
After the recent horrific hate speech and deadly stabbings on a MAX train, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler called on the federal government to revoke the Pro-Trump rally's permit for Sunday.
The government declined, stating there was "no basis" to recall the protest permit.
The pro-Trump rally organizers say their event is meant to be peaceful, but many fear it will be a volatile situation.
Portland Police, the FBI and Homeland Security will make up the massive law enforcement presence expected at the opposing protests.
A third rally, 'Portland Stands Against Hate', will be starting at City Hall around 12:30 PM—about an hour and a half before the others.
Expect severe traffic disruptions and public transit delays in the area.