PDX cracks down on roving protests; permits needed

Following raucous protests at Portland International Airport last month, the Port of Portland on Monday released updated guidelines for its Free Speech Permits. Groups of 10 of more will now get to exercise their right to free speech in the designated Free...

PDX cracks down on roving protests; permits needed

Following raucous protests at Portland International Airport last month, the Port of Portland on Monday released updated guidelines for its Free Speech Permits.

Groups of 10 of more will now get to exercise their right to free speech in the designated Free Speech Zone, likely on the upper roadway, the Port said in a news release, "because it provides a highly visible covered area with convenient access to and from the MAX Train platform." The Port will no longer allow roving protests, such as those in late January that sprung up in response to Donald Trump's executive order banning travel from seven majority-Muslim nations.

The Port does not charge for Free Speech Permits but asks that anyone wanting to exercise their right to free speech with nine or more of their closest buddies contact freespeech@portofportland.com.

On the second day of the Jan. 28 and 29 protests, Port officials estimated that 600 turned out, at times causing officials to block access to gates. A counter-demonstrator was assaulted, a Port spokesman said.

--Karly Imus
@KarlyImus

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