PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — It has been nearly one year since the 2016 presidential election and the protest that rocked Portland in the days that followed.
This weekend, another protest is set to happen, one of many across the country. Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said the city is ready for any potential protest the area may see Saturday and Sunday.
The group — Refuse Fascism PDX — said on its Facebook page that they plan to hold a rally and march at Jamison Square at 2 p.m. Saturday. The event is organized by Refuse Fascism PDX and Queer Liberation Front.
The rally and march are planned to protest Donald Trump’s presidency as well as Vice President Mike Pence.
While it’s unclear how many people will participate in the protest, Wheeler said the city is prepared.
“We will definitely have a police presence. We want to make sure that people are able to express their First Amendment right, but at the end of the day, we want to make sure that everyone goes home safely and local laws are abided by,” Wheeler said.
On November 10, 2016, 2 days after Trump was elected, a group of nearly 4,000 people marched in the streets, breaking windows and damaging property along the way. The Pearl District took a big hit that night.
“There were a lot of neighbors very concerned and a lot of storefronts very concerned,” Emily Marshall, who lives in the neighborhood said.
Portland isn’t the only city expecting major protests Saturday. According to Refuse Fascism’s website, around 20 cities are participating including Seattle, New York City, Chicago and San Francisco.
Refuse Fascism PDX organizer Robert Brown said he expects at least 2,000 people Saturday and hopes it protest grows and lasts for days.
“I think there’s a lot of support in the community,” Brown said. “I think we could probably do something continuing to Christmas.”
He also said clashes between opposing groups can’t be ruled out but, “violence should never happen at peaceful protests” and his side will be peaceful.
Sunday’s protest is a 5th of November demonstration that occurs annually — called the Million Mask March. The group said it’s a protest of “government corruption, abuse of power and corporate influence in government.” Last year, members of the group wore Anonymous masks, styled in the likeness of Guy Fawkes.KOIN 6 News reached out to local groups about the weekend protests, but they refused to comment.