'Several' arrests made at dueling Salem protests
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Police in Salem, Oregon, used flash bangs to separate opposing groups of protesters Friday afternoon.
Authorities had declared an unlawful assembly and Salem Police Lt. Debbie Aguilar said “several arrests” had been made. An exact figure wasn’t immediately available.
The Statesman Journal reports that a rally against COVID-19 mandates put on by Oregon Women For Trump took place at the State Capitol and a few hundred people marched through the rain to the governor’s residence.
While a group of right-wing protesters were returning around 4 p.m. to the Capitol they encountered a group of counter protesters. A small group of protesters, who had been attending a separate Fascist Free 503 rally at Bush’s Pasture Park, attempted to confront the right-wing groups.
Officers from Oregon State Police and the Salem Police Department intervened before the sides could clash.
Police from Salem and the Oregon State Police had a large presence in Salem all day Friday and for the most part the protests were peaceful.