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.
This is Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche. He was stabbed to death by a White Supremacist while defending Muslim women on a train in Portland. pic.twitter.com/sbq705eZh2— (((Trope o. Phobe))) (@Tropophobe) May 27, 2017
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.