July 24, 2014 16:35
Today, Thursday July 24, 2014, the Portland Police Bureau is preparing for a demonstration and march to protest the situation in Gaza.
At this point, representatives from the Police Bureau are attempting to work with organizers to determine the route of the march so as to minimize the impact to Downtown and Lloyd District traffic.
Information at this point is that there will be a demonstration at Pioneer Square in Downtown Portland beginning at approximately 6:00 p.m. There will also be a road rally involving motor vehicles and bicycles beginning in the Lloyd District. These two events are anticipated to merge in Downtown Portland at some point and are anticipated to last from approximately 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Neither the march or the road rally are permitted events but police anticipate both events being peaceful.
As with all demonstrations and marches, the Police Bureau’s goal is to ensure a safe, secure and orderly event for community members and to minimize disruptions to traffic.
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
Portland Police Bureau
1111 SW 2nd Ave, Suite 1526
Portland, Oregon 97204