Anarchists Threaten To Disrupt Rose Festival Parade Event, Target Multnomah County GOP

(The following post is reprinted by the Oregon Republican Party with the permission and on behalf of the Multnomah County Republican Party)

Portland, OR– The organizers of the annual Avenue of Roses Parade have received an e-mail threat from “” warning that unless the parade organizers revoke the registration of the Multnomah County Republican Party in this year’s parade (set for this Saturday, April 29th), the group will send “two hundred or more people rush into the parade into the middle and drag and push those people out”. The group brags that “You have seen how much power we have downtown and that the police cannot stop us”.

Sessions-Wheeler-Currier-Sanctuary-Victims The Multnomah County Republican Party (MCRP) has for many years participated in the Parade, and calls upon the Mayor, the Police Chief, and the District Attorney to take action against this criminal conspiracy to commit crimes of riot and disorderly conduct in violation of Oregon law. “Under former Mayor Charlie Hales,” said James Buchal, MCRP Chair, “the City allowed this cancer of lawlessness to grow to the point where its leaders are now bragging, like some sort of comic book characters, that ‘the police cannot stop us’. But this is no laughing matter. The participation of political parties in public events like the Parade is not only an American tradition, but also reflects the most fundamental constitutional rights of free speech and freedom of assembly.”

“The road to fascism begins with armed gangs of thugs using violence to shut down opposing points of view. The question now is whether the City of Portland will be complicit in such conduct. We hope the City’s new leadership has the courage to respond to these threats appropriately.”

Background: Copy of e-mail threat and MCRP Letter to Mayor Wheeler, Chief of Police Mike Marshman, and District Attorney Rod Underhill

Thursday 04/25/17–9:00 AM PT
Contact: James Buchal - Chairman, Multnomah County Republican Party, P.O. Box 2241, Portland, OR 97209 – (503) 227-1011