February 13, 2013 16:25The Portland Police Bureau would like to make the community aware of a rally and march planned for Thursday February 14, 2013, in Downtown Portland.
The rally is reportedly set to begin at 3:00 p.m. at Director Park at Southwest 9th Avenue and Taylor Street, followed by a march throughout Downtown Portland.
Police have learned that the rally and march is called the "F14 One Billion Rising Global Day of Action." Information about the event is posted on Facebook as well as http://www.onebillionrising.org.
Based on current information, the rally and march may last approximately one hour.
The Portland Police Bureau has been in communication with event organizers but to date, the organizers are refusing to obtain a permit for the march and have stated that they may share the march route information but not until right before the event begins.
Rally and march organizers have further expressed that they will not comply with requests to remain on the sidewalks or stop for traffic signals.
By contacting the rally and march organizers, the Police Bureau hopes to discuss the route of the march and to ensure that the event would be law abiding and peaceful.
It should be clear that "free speech events" do not require a permit; but, marches or demonstrations occurring in public streets that restrict movement of other community members do require a permit issued by the City of Portland.
The hope of the Portland Police Bureau is for the event to be a peaceful expression of free speech without infringing on the rights of others and officers will exercise discretion throughout the event.
Sgt. Pete Simpson