The PPRC's weekly rally at Pioneer Courthouse Square on Friday, September 13, at 5:00 p.m., will call for support of the local Islamic and Somali community in the aftermath of last weekend's arrest of Portland religious leader, Sheikh Mohamed Abdirahman Kariye. A representative from the Somali community will speak at the rally. |
"We view this arrest with intense skepticism in light of the FBI's track record of ethnic profiling, their role in past political repression and surveillance, and their demonstrated and ongoing incompetence related to the anthrax attack investigations," said William Seaman of the PPRC. "We must remember how they tried to railroad Wen Ho Lee in Los Almos and the Earth First! activists Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney, their illegal wiretaps and surveillance of Martin Luther King and later of CISPES and other human rights activists here in the United States."
PPRC spokespersons also questioned the timing of the arrest last Sunday at the Portland International Airport. "Is it merely coincidence that the FBI-led Joint Terrorism Task Force is up for renewal at the Portland City Council next week?" asked Tom Hastings of the PPRC. Hastings cautioned that there are many more questions than answers at this time, but emphasized the need to support the Somali and Islamic communities. [ Full story ]
[ background: Citizens outraged over arrest of local sheik by Joint Terrorism Task Force (11 Sept.) ]
[ Portland Peaceful Response Coalition (PPRC) ]