On Tuesday, the Portland Mercury reported that the 11th annual Avenue of Roses parade set to be held this Saturday was canceled after radical leftists announced they were planning to infiltrate and disrupt local Republicans attending the event.
The 82nd Avenue of Roses Business Association announced Tuesday afternoon the
event was canceled “following threats of violence during the parade by multiple groups planning to demonstrate at the event.”
“We can no longer guarantee the safety of our community,” the group said, according to the Mercury’s report. “We are deeply disappointed that the agendas of these outside groups have so regrettably impacted our community.”
From what we could tell, the only real threat came from radical leftists in the area determined to attack what they perceive as “fascists,” i.e., Trump supporters and Republicans. As we noted here, they even used a graphic that suggested killing Trump supporters with bayonets fixed on military-style rifles.
According to an article at Oregon Live:
The cancelation isn’t necessarily a win for the protest groups. Jacob Bureros, an organizer with the Direct Action Alliance, said the organization – which intended to speak out against fascism and white supremacy during the parade – is sad to hear the news.
“We are disappointed that the parade was canceled,” he said. “We’re members of this community and this is an awesome parade.”
But a post at the Gateway Pundit notes that the groups planning to disrupt the event had much more in mind than “speaking out” against Republicans:
“We will have two hundred or more people rush into the parade into the middle and drag and push those people out as we will not give one inch to groups who espouse hatred toward lgbt, immigrants, people of color or others. In case the message was not clear to you this is a sanctuary city and state and we will not allow these people to spread their views in East Portland. You have seen how much power we have downtown and that the police cannot stop us from shutting down roads so please consider your decision wisely.”
Oregon Live added:
James Buchal, chairman of the Multnomah County Republican Party, said his group was ready to clash with the protesters. He said the party had no hand in cancelling the event, and was taken by surprise when they heard the news. After seeing the email last weekend, they had no plans to back out.
“We weren’t willing to just walk away quietly,” he said. “The next thing we knew the whole thing was canceled.”
Organizers pulled out after contacting Portland police, according to Rich Jarvis, spokesman for the Rose Festival Foundation. When police said they couldn’t offer any additional security for the parade, organizers decided to cancel it due to safety concerns.
“It’s all about safety for our fans, first and foremost. If we can’t provide safety for our fans, there’s no use in trying,” Jarvis reportedly said. “Our official position is we’re extremely sad about this.”
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