PORTLAND, Ore. — Police arrested 14 people as thousands of demonstrators and counterdemonstrators converged in downtown Portland more than a week after two men were fatally stabbed trying to stop a man from shouting anti-Muslim slurs at teenagers on a light-rail train.
A pro-President Trump free speech rally drew several hundred to a plaza near City Hall on Sunday. That rally was met across the street by hundreds of counterprotesters organized by immigrant rights, religious, and labor groups.
Police closed nearby Chapman Square, where a separate group of protesters — many wearing masks and black clothing and identified as anti-fascists — also demonstrated.
Joey Gibson, who organized the free speech rally for the conservative group Patriot Prayer, held a moment of silence for the two men who were stabbed to death and pleaded with the crowd to refrain from violence. He later said that the goal is to wake up the liberty movement.
''It's OK to be a conservative in Portland,'' he said.
Last week Mayor Ted Wheeler unsuccessfully tried to have the permit for the free speech rally revoked, saying it could further enflame tensions following the May 26 stabbings.