Multnomah County Republican Party Statement Against The Violent Thugs Bullying Organizers Of Avenue Of Roses Parade

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

Portland, OR– "We are very disappointed at the cancellation of the Parade. Criminals committed to riot and disorder have bullied the parade organizers into causing Oregon moms, dads, kids, and well-meaning community organizations to lose their opportunity to participate in this cherished annual Oregon tradition. We are also angry that, once again, local civic leaders didn't do enough to prevent organized gangs of criminal thugs from running rampant in the City."

Mult-Co-GOP-Avenue-of-Roses-Parade-Kids-vs-Anarchists According to the criminal elements, they control the streets of Portland. This is a form of domestic terrorism, and our public officials are not responding appropriately. Worse than doing nothing, their refusal to take appropriate action enables these domestic terrorists to restrict the rights of other Oregonians.

Most Portlanders think we are long past any reasonable tolerance of this behavior, and the Multnomah County Republicans stand with them to demand that:

  • Those making criminal threats face full consequences under the law for their terroristic threats and actions;
  • The City’s law enforcement authorities conduct a full investigation and a transparent accounting to the public of what is being done to prevent problems like this in the future;
  • Local and national media give these groups strict scrutiny and stop making excuses for the instigators of these problems; and
  • The City’s leaders make new policy that puts the safety and freedom of innocent citizens ahead of license to violent protesters.


We urge the Portland Police to provide adequate protection for attendees and participants so the Parade and Carnival can be reinstated and proceed as originally planned by the 82nd Avenue of Roses Business Association.

“The bottom line is that Portland needs to choose between supporting terrorist thugs and protecting average citizens who want to participate in their community," said Multnomah Republican Party Chair James Buchal. “The Multnomah County Republican Party is not composed of ‘Nazis’ and ‘white supremacists’,” said Buchal, “and those who think we would tolerate marching in a parade with folks carrying swastikas are delusional.”

Thursday 04/26/17–10:30 AM PT
Contact: James Buchal - Chairman, Multnomah County Republican Party, P.O. Box 2241, Portland, OR 97209 – (503) 227-1011