- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 6, 2017

The mayor of Portland, Oregon, scolded a protester who rapidly approached him with a can of Pepsi during a city council meeting Wednesday.

The man, who gave his name as Carlos Henriquez or Enriquez, had signed up to testify on a city ordinance on towing derelict boats, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported.

But instead of talking about the ordinance, the man criticized the city and Mayor Ted Wheeler for dismissing protesters who have routinely shown up at city council meetings to denounce racism, homelessness and police brutality. Mr. Wheeler started enforcing city meeting procedures last week after months of disruptions.

During his remarks Wednesday, Carlos told the mayor, “the language of resistance has not been properly translated to you.”

“So this is for you,” he said as he got out of his seat and reached into his coat pocket.

“Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa,” the mayor said as the man approached the dais and pulled a Pepsi out of his pocket.

“Not a good move,” Mr. Wheeler said as he took the soda, laughing uncomfortably. “Not a smart move. Thank you, I do appreciate it, but don’t do that again.”

Carlos pulled another can out of his pocket and cracked it open before security guards escorted him out.

“That was terrifying,” Commissioner Amanda Fritz said softly to her colleagues, OPB reported.

The Pepsi stunt came the same day that the soft drink company retracted a widely mocked advertisement that featured a police officer gladly accepting a Pepsi from Kendall Jenner during a street protest. Critics said the ad trivialized the Black Lives Matter movement.

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