'I call it patriotism', man accused of Portland stabbing yells in court

'I call it patriotism', man accused of Portland stabbing yells in court
By Christopher Cummins with AGENCIES
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The man accused of killing two men in Portland, Oregon, as they protected women from anti-Muslim abuse has appeared in court.

As Jeremy Joseph Christian arrived in the courthouse in Multnomah County he launched into an outburst:“Free speech or die Portland, you’ve got no safe place, this is America, get out if you don’t like free speech.”

The 35-year-old unemployed, homeless man continued his tirade:
“Death to the enemies of America. Leave this country if you hate our freedom. Death to Antifa. You call it terrorism, I call it patriotism, you hear me? Die.”

Authorities say Jeremy Joseph Christian started verbally abusing two young women, one wearing a hijab as they travelled on a train.

Three men came to the aid of the women, Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, 23, and fifty-three-year-old Rick Best were fatally stabbed, Micah Fletcher survived with knife wounds to the neck.

A crowd of around 30 anti-fascist protesters gathered outside the courthouse and jeered Christian’s every word.

He is charged with two counts of felony aggravated murder and other charges.

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