Protesting Timbers

The supporters for the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders fell silent for the first 33 minutes of the MLS matchup between the clubs at the Providence Park in protest of the MLS ban on political signage at games. Per new MLS rules, fans will not be allowed to demonstrate any political messages during a match including the anti-fascist Iron Front symbol that are commonly found in the stands of Portland Timbers’ home-ground. While the supporters’ groups contended that the symbol represents anti-fascism and inclusion, the MLS countered that the symbol is an affiliation with Antifa groups in the United States. The supporters’ groups chose a 33-minute silence “to commemorate 1933, the year the Iron Front was disbanded in Nazi Germany.”

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