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Portland mayor cancels 'March of Hope' over planned counter-protest

Posted: Updated: Nov 22, 2016 05:10 PM
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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The mayor of Portland organized a rally that he said would bring civic, community and faith leaders together.

Now, however, the "March of Hope" has been canceled because of a planned counter-protest to the event.

The March of Hope was set to start at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Salmon Street Springs Fountain. People were invited to march to Waterfront Park to, "show solidarity with our vulnerable communities and demonstrate that as Portlanders we are all stronger together," according to a statement from the mayor's office.

Activist group Portland's Resistance posted a "call to action" on Facebook, saying the group declined to have an official role in the March of Hope, but encouraged protesters to attend anyway in opposition to the event.

Portland's Resistance leaders stated: "Join us in holding signs denouncing the hypocrisy of Charlie Hales' march and stand in solidarity with the peaceful protesters that have experienced police brutality in the past week, those incarcerated and those most impacted by inaction by our local government.

Three protesters were arrested during a march in Portland on Monday night, including activist leaders Gregory McKelvey and Micah Rhodes. Those charges were no-complainted Tuesday, meaning they have been dropped for the time being but could be re-filed at a later date. 

Portland's Resistance posted on Facebook that the idea for the March of Hope, "is an extreme reversal from (Hales') position last week, when he claimed the time for protesting was over."

Hales said the goal of the March of Hope was to, "come together in unity and share a message of hope."

"I am disappointed that the March of Hope cannot move forward as planned," according to a statement from the mayor's office.

Some people still showed up for the March of Hope on Tuesday afternoon, while others arrived as part of the counter-protest. Both small groups dispersed under the pouring rain. 

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