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Portland mayor wants to cancel alt-right protests

1. Two men were stabbed to death after defending two young women who were a target of hate speech on the train during a commute. A 35-year-old Jeremy Christian was arrested for the deaths of 23-year-old Taliesin Namkai-Meche and 53-year-old Ricky Best. A third victim, 21-year-old Micah Cole-Fletcher was treated for serious injuries. Christian is a known white supremacist. 

2. Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler is asking for a permit to be revoked for an alt-right protest called March Against Sharia. Another protest is scheduled for June 10th. Wheeler said the city “is in mourning,  our community's anger is real, and the timing and subject of these events can only exacerbate an already difficult situation.” He is also asking for the alt-right protestors to stay away from the city, in order to avoid a tense situation. Since the federal government controls permits for the Terry Shrunk Plaza, the city can’t revoke the permit on its own.

3. So, is the protest going to cause a disturbance or is just first amendment rights?

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