Af­ter threats force can­cel­la­tion, left­ist pro­test­ers ask for pa­rade back

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Va­lerie Richard­son

Port­land “an­tifas­cist” groups have called for bring­ing back Satur­day’s rose pa­rade, even though fears of vi­o­lence from left-wing pro­test­ers are what prompted or­ga­niz­ers to nix the pop­u­lar event in the first place.

The Di­rect Ac­tion Al­liance and Ore­gon Stu­dents Em­pow­ered, which had planned to protest the pa­rade in or­der to counter “Nazis” and “fas­cists,” urged sup­port­ers on Thurs­day to sign a pe­ti­tion to bring back the 82nd Av­enue of Roses Pa­rade, held in East Port­land.

“This com­mu­nity has al­ready been threat­ened and af­fected by th­ese rad­i­cal Chris­tian ex­trem­ists enough,” said the Di­rect Ac­tion Al­liance post on Face­book.

Both groups in­sisted they had noth­ing to do with an email threat­en­ing to shut down the event un­less the Mult­nomah County Republican Party was ex­cluded, but those com­ment­ing on­line were stunned by the pro­test­ers’ chutz­pah.

“Se­ri­ously guys? You [ex­ple­tives] are the rea­son it got can­celed to be­gin with,” John DeGroff said on Face­book.

Pa­rade or­ga­niz­ers can­celed the 11th an­nual event Tues­day af­ter re­ceiv­ing an email that of­fered a choice: Bar the lo­cal GOP, or “we will have two hun­dred or more peo­ple rush into the pa­rade into the mid­dle and drag and push those peo­ple out.”

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Port­land pa­rade or­ga­niz­ers can­celed the 11th an­nual event Tues­day af­ter re­ceiv­ing a threat­en­ing email.

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