Portland officials and progressives unite to oppose far-right protest

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Oregon pro-Trump organizers seem in disarray ahead of Sunday event but some on left still call for mayor to quit
A united front against far-right groups appeared to be paying off for authorities and progressive groups in Portland, Oregon, ahead of a planned protest on Sunday.

Faced by a coalition which staged joint events on Friday, far-right organizers appeared to be in some disarray. Some promoted a new venue for their own "Summer of Love" protest. Others fell silent. Groups including the Proud Boys and Patriot Prayer, prominent in often violent protests in the city in recent years, did not promote the event.

Haley Adams, a long-time far-right, pro-Trump organizer in the Portland area, said on Telegram late on Friday that the venue for the Sunday protest, which does not have an official permit, had changed. In part, her message said "the event is to be relocated to another location to be released tomorrow", indicating that it may be moving out of downtown Portland.

Local officials and nonprofits repeatedly identified the Proud Boys as key organizers of the event but on social media and websites associated with the group, there were few signs of direct involvement.

The Proud Boys are designated as a terrorist organization in Canada and defined by the Southern Poverty Law Center, in the US, as a hate group.

The group has been involved in large summertime rallies in Portland over the past three years, including one which saw police fire gas canisters at counter-protesters, another which saw the city close a bridge to make way for the protest, and one last September which was met by a large inter-agency police presence.

Portland government officials, who have endured criticism for alleged inaction or bias in their response to far-right protests, spent much of this week building a united response to the planned Sunday event.

On Friday the mayor, Ted Wheeler, and…
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