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After ‘Political Ban’ Announced, I Found Out Why Republicans Were Left Out of PDX Parade But Dems Were Allowed to March

After self described “anti-fascist” threats of violence against Republicans caused the cancellation of the 82nd Avenue of the Roses Parade in Portland, it was feared that other Rose Festival-related parades would follow suit.

That wimpy way out seemed to suit the crowd at City Hall, which has allowed these thugs to run rampant in the city for years, causing violence, disturbances, park take overs, house take overs, freeway take overs and other mayhem. These elected officials even indulge leftist threats, paid them respect and gave them political space in the public square even as they marginalized or shut out altogether conservative political expression.

Within hours of the announcement  that the 82nd Avenue of the Roses Parade would be canceled,  St. Johns Parade officials reportedly pronounced that no political groups were welcomed to join in their event on May 13th.

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KATU-TV reported that the ban would keep things peaceful in the City of Roses for the event:

When KGW-TV and KATU-TV reported the news, it caused a frisson on fear to pass through the body politic (at least on the right) in Portland. Would this be the new normal now? Would free speech and political expression be spiked under the guise of not wishing for any violence –violence exclusively perpetrated by the leftists? Capitulating, in other words, to the civic extortion by thugs who caused the violence?

The news chilled people to the bone. People worried that news media reports about  parade organizers banning any political groups from participating were right.

So it was quite a … ah, surprise … to local Republicans when a list of participants showed that Democratic party officials were marching.

St. Johns Parade
There was the inclusion of one group that seemed to suggest propriety wasn’t a  front burner issue, so Republicans in Multnomah County and surrounding areas wondered what the heck was going on:
St. Johns Parade
‘Nice’ to know that the ookity “CU Next Tuesday” people  were placed next to Cub Scout Pack 417. Nice job, St. Johns Parade.
But the question remained, if there were restrictions on political entries, how in the world did the group which birthed these faux “anti fascists” get into the line up and the GOP was left out?
St. Johns Parade
 Well, for one, St. Johns Parade officials told me there was never a ban on political groups from the parade even though the media reporter there was one.
Organizer Barb Legge told me via email in a Q & A:

Were there any political groups marching in the parade?  yes

Were there politicians marching or featured in the parade?   Yes many

Were there any groups left out due to being political in nature?  None, unless they chose not to show due to weather.

 I asked her why there was a ban on …  Republicans …? She said there was never a ban on any political groups. She advised me to look at their policy on their website. It reads:

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“The parade is a free event! Anyone can enter – young and old! All entries are welcome that fit the family venue of the parade. No alcohol, firearms or weapons of any kind are allowed. If there are any loud arguments, disputes, or other issues that arise in the staging area or along the parade route, the people involved will immediately be asked to leave and may be escorted by the police, if necessary.

Legge told me that the parade had received no threats and everything came off beautifully.
One man on Facebook who attended the parade asked around about the absence of Republicans:

“The organizers obviously lied when they were interviewed for this story. There were many political representatives there including the Multnomah County Democrats. I asked them a few questions like “I thought this Parade wasn’t supposed to be Political? Are the rules different for you? It’s just a question, can you answer it?” I asked that of all groups of a Political nature including the honored (not by me) Blumenauer. I didn’t get a single answer just a myriad of middle fingers, sheepish grins and a few choice words that I didn’t use because this is truly a family event.”

I reached out to the head of the Multnomah County Republican Party, James Buchal, to find out if the facts as stated comported with what he knew.  Here’s what he told me:

“We did not apply to be in that parade.”

As we’ve seen, Portland conservatives and members of the GOP don’t have to go looking for problems, they’re discriminated against enough as it is.

But it does give rise to the question: Did the far left violent protesters leave that parade alone because no Republicans were marching in it?

Rioters Veto: Portland Cancels Parade After Protesters Plot ‘Terrorist’ Attack on GOP Participants

Organizers have canceled the kick off parade for the venerable Portland Rose Festival after Portland protesters promised violence against Republican Party members who planned to march in the neighborhood event.

KATU TV reported that due to online threats and emails sent to co-conspirators, the organizers of the 82nd Avenue of the Roses Parade canceled it rather than suffer the violence promised by the so called “anti fascist” protesters:

The Multnomah County Republican Party (MCRP) was planning to take part in the parade, however someone sent out an email over the weekend that claimed they would have “two hundred or more people rush into the parade into the middle and drag and push them out.”

The email, sent from “thegiver@riseup.net,” said they planned to interrupt the Republican Party because they “will not give one inch to groups who espouse hatred toward LGBT, immigrants, people of color, or others.”

“Riseup.net” is a domain often used by far left Portland protesters.

Here’s a look at the announcement by the ironically dubbed “anti fascists” (ANTIFA) who planned to shut down the free speech of Republicans:

The post read in part:

Fascists plan to march through the streets of Portland in the Avenue of Roses Parade on 82nd.

The fascists know that we’ll keep shutting their marches down, they are now planning to march within other parades to protect their message of hate and white supremacy – it WON’T work.
Nazis will not march through Portland.

The group we’re disrupting is #67.
It is registered to the Multnomah County Republicans, but these infiltrators are the same folks from Lake Oswego, Salem, Vancouver, and even Berkeley.

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Their Trump flags, their red MAGA hats and their hate group badges are all intended to normalize support for an orange man  …

They will attempt to march from the Eastport Plaza to Yamhill, but nazis will not march through our city.

This event is not in opposition to The Avenue of Roses Parade, it is against the fascists who intend to march through our neighborhoods and intimidate our marginalized communities.

By now it’s obvious that “fascists” are people who don’t agree with them.

The post reportedly included this photo of rioters attacking a person wearing a  “Make America Great Again” hat with a bayonet. That image eems to have been scraped from the page now:

https://twitter.com/JohnDTrudel/status/856983103985692672

According to online reports there’s one person who is believed to be behind the terroristic threats.

Also, long time citizen journalist Dan Sandini picks up the pieces of the investigation into the person behind the threats:

So this is Jacob Bureros who numerous folks on Facebook are reporting as being the source of threats against Portlands Annual Family Rose Parade. Here Bureros is shown masked and Unmasked, as a part of a violent mob that attacked a peaceful Trump protest in Vancouver Washington. The original video can be found in the Direct Action timeline and on Bureros' timeline. David Bacon Gulliver Lynette Wyrick Jack Peek Sr. Victoria Taft Jayne Carroll Leo Stratton

Posted by Dan Sandini on Tuesday, April 25, 2017

KATU reports that MCRP chair James Buchal issued a statement and called on Mayor Ted Wheeler to treat this as a criminal matter:

Buchal’s  letter said in part:

“This is criminal conduct. The author is threatening, and has already taken overt acts toward organizing the crime of riot: “while participating with five or more other persons the person engages in tumultuous and violent conduct and thereby intentionally or recklessly creates a grave risk of causing public alarm.” ORS 166.015. At the least what is described is a criminal conspiracy to engage in the crime of disorderly conduct in the second degree….

The MCRP has watched with concern the rising lawlessness in the City of Portland, which has now metastasized to the pony where potential violent criminals are bragging that police are powerless to stop them. The City is not powerless and can easily identify “the giver@riseup.net” and the other members of this criminal conspiracy, and more importantly, take steps to prevent their proposed criminal conduct”

But former MCRP chair Jeff Reynolds KATU that it comes down to this:

“We advocate for candidates and causes that we believe in, just like anybody else in America under the first amendment. We have the right to free assembly, we have the right to free speech and they are forcibly threatening us with terroristic activities.”

That’s the shot, here’s the chaser. These people who cloak themselves in kaffiyeh cloth and balaclavas are the problem. They have conspired to shut up the people with whom they don’t agree. They’re like Lois Lerner but with knives, poles and guns.

We’ve seen them in Berkeley, Lake Oswego, Portland and Seattle.

They used to call this the “heckler’s veto,” but I’ve changed that to the “rioter’s veto.”

Portland District Attorney’s office lawyers, City Hall, and institutional Portland listen up: The people who planned this “terror” plot are the same people who conspired against journalist Michael Strickland to get him off the public stage because he “made fun of them.”

If this doesn’t tell you what you need to know about how dangerous and lawless Portland is and show you the nature of the political prosecution of Strickland then you are Not.Paying.Attention.

Justice for Michael Strickland. You could be next. In fact, based on what just happened Tuesday, you probably are.