More than a hundred “heavily armed” protestors have descended on the Oregon State Capitol, with the local police advising citizens to avoid the capitol mall area.
“There are approximately 150-200 participants that are heavily armed at the capitol at this time,” the police tweeted.
#salemoregon UPDATE at 1415— Salem Police Department (@SalemPoliceDept) March 28, 2021
1⃣/4⃣: Protest events at the @OregonCapitol have increased in size/risk to public safety. There are approximately 150-200 participants that are heavily armed at the capitol at this time.
The police warned the protestors that they are participating in an illegal event and told them to disperse, saying that “failure to do so may result in arrest”. The Oregon State Police and the Salem Police Department's crowd management teams then started removing the protestors from the streets.
Footage from social media captured the protesting crowd carrying “Antifa” flags.
Multiple videos on social media show the protesters throwing paint balls and projectiles and smashing windows on cars driven by conservative activists, who reportedly travelled by car from a gathering spot in Sandy.
#Antifa impaled the red truck with a large tree branch during their mob attack on the vehicle outside the Oregon state capitol. There was a female passenger in the vehicle at the time who was nearly killed. #AntifaRiots pic.twitter.com/WZARAZoT5A— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) March 29, 2021
One of the truck drivers who got the tail lights of his vehicle smashed after he pulled over, pulled a gun on the protestors after they started surrounding him with batons and what appear to be pepper spray cans, and smashed his window. The man told the protestors to get away from him, then dropped his gun on his truck’s cargo bed and quickly complied with the police officer demanding him to lay on the ground. The man was reportedly released from custody later and allowed to return to his truck.
Another angle shows how many Antifa insurrectionists surrounded the driver pic.twitter.com/wVdFkS1wQU— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) March 29, 2021
The police declared the protest "unlawful assembly" and formed a line in front of the Capitol.
#salemoregon UPDATE at 1550— Salem Police Department (@SalemPoliceDept) March 28, 2021
Arriving opposing protestors were diverted away from the @OregonCapitol. @ORStatePolice and SPD crowd management teams are moving the capitol area protestors onto the mall grounds and off Court ST.
#salemoregon UPDATE at 1542 Audible announcements: You are participating in an unpermitted event and blocking Court ST. Exit the roadway and obey all laws. Failure to do so may result in arrest. Stay on the sidewalks and exit the roadway. pic.twitter.com/lG13ggA8AZ— Salem Police Department (@SalemPoliceDept) March 28, 2021