2 people were arrested after a violent clash between Trump supporters and counter-protesters in Oregon


The incident occurred Monday afternoon at an American Lives Matter rally and marched outside the Oregon State Capitol in Salem. It comes after Portland, which is just 45 miles away, held its 100th consecutive night of protests since the death of George Floyd in May. For months, thousands echoed across the streets of Portland built across the country – seeking to end police brutality and systemic racism. The demonstrations were secreted after the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin last month.

On Monday, a CNN reporter saw Trump supporters waving flags, burning burning horns and waving hundreds of cars and trucks in Oregon City for a Labor Day. Many of them later participated in the Salem rally.

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The caravan – which was promoted by a Facebook group called “Oregon for Trump 2020” – comes more than a week after another pro-Trump caravan landed on downtown Portland. Those crowds clashed with Black Lives Matter protesters.

A right-wing group supporter was shot and killed. Days later, when officers moved in to make an arrest, they suspectedly shot the man who described himself as “100 percent anti-fascist” in the murder, and said in an interview that he acted in self-defense.

In Salem, about 150 people initially showed up for the pro-Trump rally, attracting about 30 to 50 defendants. According to the news release, another 45 to 60 people arrived in the caravan and groups started connecting each other on the side of the road.

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Members of the American Lives Matter rally group chanted and pushed counter-protesters across the street through the tree line at Capitol Mall Park.

One of the two arrested was charged with assault and intimidation and the other was also charged with assault. The OSP stated that both individuals have been released from custody.

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