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'Heavily armed' antifa rioters descend on Oregon Capitol targeting vehicles with projectiles and lasers

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 3/29/2021 Emma Colton
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“Heavily armed” protesters wearing riot gear and waving antifa flags descended on Oregon’s Capitol Sunday, resulting in at least three arrests.

“A rioting #antifa militant was nearly run over by a truck at the Oregon state capitol in Salem. #Antifa have gathered there today with weapons. They're throwing rocks at vehicles passing by. Police are not getting involved,” journalist Andy Ngo tweeted, accompanied by video of the scene.

As many as 200 armed rioters gathered outside of the Salem Capitol building on Sunday, reportedly in response to the conservative "Oregon Freedom Rally" that was planned to take place.

At one point, a rioter allegedly attacked a man’s truck, pulled out a gun, and was arrested, Ngo reported.

Police have said reports were filed that cars passing the building were hit with balloons filled with paint and that drivers had green lasers pointed at them.

Police warned residents to avoid the area, and they also sent out an audible warning telling the protesters they were taking part in an event that didn't have a permit.

"Exit the roadway and obey all laws," they said. "Failure to do so may result in arrest. Stay on the sidewalks and exit the roadway."

The scene unfolded after advertisements for the conservative rally were sent out last month to honor those who "fought for our freedoms." Antifa then began circulating its counterprotest, Fascist Free 503, to stop the right-wing protest. Police said it had diverted freedom rally protesters away from the Capitol before 4 p.m. Antifa members dispersed by 6 p.m.

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At least three were arrested and face charges of disorderly conduct, criminal trespass, and pointing a laser.

Protests and riots plagued cities across the nation last summer and into 2021 following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25. Portland and Seattle saw the most destruction caused by left-wing rioters, with billions of dollars in damages caused to public and private buildings and businesses in those cities and others.

Tags: News, Oregon, Antifa, Riots, George Floyd

Original Author: Emma Colton

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