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‘Get A Rope!’: Heavily Armed Far-Right Mob Attempts To Storm Oregon State Capitol, Clash With Police


‘Get A Rope!’: Heavily Armed Far-Right Mob Attempts To Storm Oregon State Capitol, Clash With Police

A group of about 300 armed demonstrators clashed with law enforcement officers as they attempted to force their way into two separate entrances of the Oregon State Capitol on Monday, outraged lawmakers were holding a special session closed to the public.

The crowd was a loose collection of members of the Proud Boys, Patriot Prayer and other far-right groups, many of them are armed with pistols and rifles, according to the Daily Beast.

At one point during the chaotic demonstration, a woman attempted to climb in a window on the west side of the government building. Oregon State Troopers were able to stop her before two more troopers showed up to insist that she get off the ledge.

“Those troopers were quickly chased off by screaming protesters, many of them toting long black rifles,” according to the news outlet. “Minutes later, the crowd moved to the building’s north entrance and attempted to push their way in. A dozen more troopers arrived at the door, declared it an unlawful assembly, and pushed the crowd back, using some kind of deterrent in a series of ‘pop’ sounds, at which point the protesters swarmed back out again, their eyes watering and coughing.”

Freelance writer Laura Jedeed was on the scene and tweeted a firsthand account of the confrontation between police and “far-right activists” who were attending the so-called “Stop the Steal” rally.

“And holy shit things got real IMMEDIATELY,” Jedeed wrote. “They just tried to force their way into the building. Fights with cops. A great deal of mace.”

“The cops have retreated inside the building and closed an internal door,” the report continued. “The hallway is full of mace. The right wingers are gearing up to go in. It’s spicy as fuck in there. They keep going in and then back out.”

At one point, Jedeed said that she saw a “gentleman with AR-15s standing at the entrance” of the building.

Several speakers took turns whipping up the crowd with a megaphone.

“This is America! No one tells us what we can and cannot do!” right-wing activist Chandler Pappas told the group.

“Get a rope!!” someone shouted, according to Jedeed.


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