Armed Protesters Break Into Oregon State Capitol Building, Break Windows, Assault Journalists, Hit Police With Chemical Agent
According to the Oregon State Police and several media reports, a group of armed protesters broke windows and stormed the capital during Monday's legislature session. Lawmakers held a closed session to discuss the limitations of Covid-19 and the public support that comes with it. The only people allowed into the building were members of the Salem Police Department and Oregon State Police, as well as lawmakers, staff and reporters.
The protesters, many with flak jackets, military helmets, and some with long guns and multiple clips, entered the Capitol at around 8:30 a.m. According to Salem PD, "at least one of the protesters used chemical agents with the police ... Oregon State Police (OSP) used inert pepperballs in handling these protesters."
At 10:30 am, the police had gathered in sufficient numbers to push the crowd out of the building. At that time, "another person used bear spray on police officers," according to an OSP statement. “He was arrested on several charges, including trampling on and ambushing a police officer.
Later that day, the protesters returned and tried again to gain entry by kicking the glass front doors before police fought them off again.
The crowd also attacked a photographer for the Salem Statesman General. On a video one can be heard telling the photographer: "I'm going to fuck you" as the journalist leaves. See videos above and below.
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