Far-right protesters storm Oregon State Capitol building

  • In Salem, Oregon, armed far-right protesters attempted to barge into the Oregon State Capitol and clashed with police as legislators extended COVID-19 relief and sanctions.
  • According to The Daily Beast, the members of the Proud Boys and Patriot Prayer were two white supremacist groups and other far-right groups.
  • Reportedly, protesters jammed a flagpole through the entrance, and fired bear spray at police and attacked photographers and journalists. The protesters did not attend the session.
  • The Oregon State Police have arrested four and are looking for another person in connection with the protests and violence.
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During a special legislative session at Salem’s Oregon State Capitol on Monday, far-right demonstrators razed state homes when lawmakers were inside.

Anti-lockdown protesters, some of whom were armed, called on lawmakers and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown to reopen the state and end the COVID-19 restrictions.

Lawmakers met on Monday morning to review five bills related to COVID-19 relief, including expanding Oregon’s eviction prohibition and relief for victims of regional wildlife.

According to officials and local reports, by 8:30 a.m., protesters around the Capitol door protested, with the Oregon State Police declaring an unlawful assembly.

According to Oregon Public Broadcasting, dozens of protesters were members of the Patriot Prayer, a rightful, violent group sympathetic to white supremacists based in Vancouver, Washington. According to The Daily Beast, local Proud Boy aides were also present and heavily armed.

After the local police declared the assembly illegal, the group of protesters went on a rampage and chanted “Hum in” and “Hey Kate Brown!” As the protesters ignored the decree, they walked to Capitol’s door and confronted police, who were wearing gas masks, according to Opitol Public Broadcasting.

According to the Oregon State Police, protesters sprayed police with bear spray and Other “chemical agents.” Two hours after protesters broke up at the Capitol, police drove them out and made more arrests, with the Oregon State Police announcing four arrests today.

“When people attempted to come into the building they actually used pepper spray and other things on the officers. In return we used those people to separate themselves and hold them in place. So I don’t Address that all was used but I know. At least the pepper ball was used, “Lieutenant Treven Upsak of Salem Police told the Statesman Journal.

In a video shot by local journalists, anti-lockdown protesters can be seen kicking a flagpole in the doors of the Statehouse to break the glass before entering.

In other videos (and in response to being filmed), protesters are seen assaulting and intimidating members covering the protests.

Sergio Olmos, a journalist with Oregon Public Broadcasting, filmed Brian Hayes of the Salem Statesman for physically assaulting him and was subsequently tried by anti-lockdown protesters as he attempted a break-in.

Eventually, the protesters opened a door on the west side of the building where a standoff between protesters outside the building and state troops inside the building began.

According to the OPB, at least one state senator addressed the crowd in support. During the legislative session, Republican State Senator Dallas Hurd allegedly reprimanded the capitol requirement of the Capitol.

“I would have listened if you hadn’t done such a huge evil to my people and asked me to just put my mask on my ear,” he said, removing his mask. “But you commanded it, and so I declare my right to protest against your false authority and remove your mask.”

Hurd later accused state senators of engaging in a “campaign against the people and children of God”.

Also heard Addressed the protesters Outside the Capitol.

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