Oregon GOP Chair Currier calls on Mayor Hales to resign for dereliction of duty
Wilsonville, OR - In light of the riots in Portland on Wednesday and Thursday nights, Oregon Republican Party Chairman Bill Currier issued a statement calling for the immediate resignation of Portland Mayor Charlie Hales.
“It is unconscionable that Portland city commissioners, according to media reports, not only encouraged demonstrators violently protesting against the results of a legitimate election, but actively enabled them by not ordering the police to take action as the protesters overtook area freeways. This is a dereliction of duty. If Mayor Hales will not stand for law and order and do his job to protect Portland residents from violent rioters, then he should immediately resign.”
Over the past two days, rioters have illegally disrupted commerce and traffic, smashed cars and windows, destroyed private property and committed numerous crimes. The protests have devolved into chaos, as Portland Police declared riot status on Thursday evening. Numerous reports have emerged of people stopped in traffic on closed freeways, facing harassment by passing rioters. The lack of action by City Hall is a clear factor in the escalation of the riots.
Currier also called on the Democratic Party of Oregon to join the Oregon Republican Party in denouncing these riots. “Republicans and Democrats alike should be united in their understanding that the First Amendment affords all Americans the right to peaceably assemble; but when that assembly becomes intimidating, violent, or criminal, it is no longer a legal protest.”
While Hales is set to leave office in January, a crisis situation exists in Portland right now. Hales has proven himself incapable of dealing properly with this protest, as he’s done previously. It is vital that Portland City Council take its responsibility to the safety of Portland residents seriously.
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