Oregonians fed up with anti-lockdown and coronavirus restrictions attacked the Oregon Capitol building Monday as they tried to gain access during a special session.
Anti-lockdown protestors broke glass doors at the Capitol building as they attempted to gain access to the building. They were briefly engaged in a standoff with Oregon State Police and Salem Police Department officers.
More than one hundred people attended the far-right Patriot Prayer group's six-hour rally. At least four people were arrested for unlawful behavior.
"We're standing up for our constitutional rights to be here for this legislative hearing and for our rights to reopen the state of Oregon," Crystal Wagner told USA Today. "Why are they having a legislative hearing without the people? We are the people, we are the taxpayers. We're here to fight for our democracy."
At one point, police unleashed rounds of tear gas at protesters to deter them from entering the Capitol building.
Oregon State Police have deployed blue tear gas at protesters standing at the entrance of the Oregon State Capitol. Most scattered away from the doors, but remain on the grounds. #SalemOR #orleg pic.twitter.com/TRdH1S590C— Virginia Barreda (@vbarreda2) December 21, 2020
One video shows protesters smashing a glass door.
Anti-lockdown protestors break door of Capitol building pic.twitter.com/UW06w6T127— Sergio Olmos (@MrOlmos) December 21, 2020
Police formed a riot line, and around 9:20 am Monday, an unlawful assembly was declared.
Police forming riot line pic.twitter.com/ORFoUMp5ZN— Sergio Olmos (@MrOlmos) December 21, 2020
Journalists were attacked by protesters
Here is two clips: this man lunges toward me.— Sergio Olmos (@MrOlmos) December 21, 2020
Second clip if after I’m tackled, I get up to walk away. pic.twitter.com/ESaa0BJDS1
"We accomplished two very important things ... We put the fear of God in the citizens of our state. They know we're not messing around anymore," protester David Klaus told the crowd, who was quoted by RT News, adding that the demonstrations had shamed, "traitorous law enforcement officers" and warning that "what happens next is on them."
As early as April, we noted how the militia started showing up in force to state capitol buildings as they believed lockdowns were impeding their freedoms.
A reemergence of the virus pandemic and new rounds of restrictions (after prior restrictions have utterly failed in achieving the goals that politicians had said they would) has resulted in more Americans ignoring public health orders to mitigate the virus' spread.
A revolution is brewing in America.