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Jackson County Republican Party office vandalized

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At least two people are believed to have vandalized Jackson County Republican Party offices Thursday morning.

A man and a woman were captured on surveillance video shattering windows at the downtown Medford office on East Main Street and spray painting anti-fascist graffiti, according to party volunteer Joyce Michelangelo, who called police.

Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau confirmed that a police report has been filed in the vandalism.

At about 2:15 a.m. Thursday, cameras captured a woman spray painting the words “No Fascist Coup,” while a man spray painted what Michelangelo described as an “Antifa logo” in black and red; however, the only symbol in a Mail Tribune photo of the vandalism is a stylized “A” that’s been the symbol for “anarchy” since its roots in punk rock in the 1970s.

The political movement known as Antifa, which stands for “anti-facism” has a different logo. Antifa is not a singular organization, but rather a belief system that opposes facism.

Thursday’s vandalism was not the first for the office, particularly as political tensions flared during the Trump administration.

Vandals damaged the Jackson County Republican Party offices twice in the summer of 2019, according to earlier news reports, each costing the party thousands of dollars.

Replacing windows after one of the vandalism incidents cost more than $3,300, according to an August 2019 report.

Jamie Lusch / Mail Tribune Graffiti is removed from the Jackson County Republican Party headquarters in Medford on Thursday.