Fearing unrest, Oregon City college campus to close Friday
After learning information of a potential unsanctioned rally, Clackamas Community College canceled all in-person classes this Friday in Oregon City.
Milwaukie and Wilsonville campuses of CCC will remain open as usual, but police will be monitoring the Oregon City entrances of the college campus for those who need to access TriMet buses and the child care center.
Remote classes and meetings will go on as normal, but all buildings will be closed Friday, May 21, in Oregon City.
CCC announced the news on Wednesday, but the school did not make clear what the possible rally is against or in support of.
From social media posts, it appears that a counterprotest is planned to a growing group of people who have been waving flags at the intersection of Beavercreek Road and Highway 213. Last September, CCC officials denounced the Labor Day rally for President Trump's re-election that failed to obtain proper permits, when hundreds of unmasked Trump supporters gathered on the campus with little to no warning for the college. This time, CCC and police appear to be more prepared for an unauthorized gathering.
"While the college supports the right to free speech, we ask community members to exercise those rights in accordance with college policies to ensure the safety of all concerned," the school said in a statement. "Due to COVID mandates and our commitment to keeping the college community safe and well, we are currently not allowing outside events or activities on our campuses."
The school says law enforcement will be on campus to support their own security. Aside from school security and other limited staff, all other on-campus work will be canceled for the day.
KOIN 6 News contributed to this report.
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