Conservative downtown rally moved to Vancouver
Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson has announced that the large "free speech" rally scheduled for Sunday afternoon in downtown Portland has been moved to Vancouver.
On his Facebook page, Gibson said his organization's "inner circle" would still meet at an undisclosed location near the waterfront at 12:30 p.m.
"We will be there with flags," Gibson said of the smaller Portland appearance.
Several counter demonstration were previously announced, including a "Rally & March Against White Nationalism" by Portland Stands United Against Hate beginning at 12:30 p.m. at Terry Schrunk Plaza. They plan to march to Salmon Street Fountain, too.
But, according to Gibson, the original speakers and others will be at the Port of Vancouver Amphitheater in Vancouver at 2 p.m.
Authorities said Friday there will be a significant police presence due to past threats and acts of violence between the groups — both locally and nationally — at both rallies.
Gibson said on Facebook Saturday that Portland and Vancouver police would also be at the Vancouver rally.
"There will be heavy police presence," Gibson said. "As you know, in Vancouver, they don't mess around, so if antifa wants to come over it's going to be a problem for them."
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler released a statement Friday calling for peace Sunday.
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