The Latest: Portland’s march against Sharia law cancelled

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Latest on a deadly stabbing attack at a Portland, Oregon, light-rail train (all times are local):

12:43 pm

An organizer has cancelled an anti-Sharia law rally, which was scheduled for 10 June in the centre of Portland.

In a Facebook post, Scott Ryan Presler blame “inflammatory comments” by Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, say they put the participants to the risk of violence. He said they will instead march in Seattle.

Wheeler called on the U.S. government to withdraw a permit for an event on Sunday announced as a pro-President Donald Trump free speech rally and not to grant a licence for the anti-Sharia law rally. Both were scheduled on the federal property.

Wheeler said the city is in mourning of a fatal stabbing at a light-rail train and that the events would exacerbate tensions.

Jeremy Joseph Christian is accused of killing two men and injuring a third who tried to stop his anti-Muslim diatribe.

The rally planned for Sunday is still on.


11:52 pm

A man who was stabbed in the neck, while helping to confront a man shouting anti-Muslim insults at two young women at a Portland, Oregon, light-rail train says the city should focus on the girls, not him.

Micah Fletcher said in a Facebook video Wednesday that the young women need to be traumatized.

The 21-year-old says Portland has a “white savior complex” and want to heap praise on him, but the real victims are the women who were exposed to hate Friday.

Two other men who tried to help died after they were stabbed. Fletcher says that he is heartbroken for their families.

Jeremy Joseph Christian is accused of aggravated murder and other charges.


12:15 pm

Court documents claim that a man who is accused of fatally stabbing two people and the wounding of a third who tried to protect young women from an anti-Muslim rant in Portland, Oregon, bragged about the attacks, he sat in the back of a police patrol car.

Jeremy Joseph Christian’s first appearance on Tuesday of aggravated murder and other charges, but no plea.

A probable cause affidavit says the 35-year-old Christian can be heard on video surveillance to say that he put three people in the neck.

The Pacific Northwest is a leader in many social liberal fronts, including raising the minimum wage and the legalization of recreational marijuana, but the region has a long and violent history of white supremacist and other racist activities.

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