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Police use smoke, close streets at far-right protest in Oregon

Police use smoke, close streets at far-right protest in Oregon
Police used various crowd control tactics, including closing streets and deploying blue smoke, to try and break up an anti-lockdown protest organized by a far-right group at the Oregon state capitol.

Police used various crowd control tactics, including closing streets and deploying blue smoke, to try and break up an anti-lockdown protest organized by a far-right group at the Oregon state capitol.The protest, organized by Patriot Prayer, a far-right group that has clashed repeatedly with racial justice protesters in 2020, was declared an unlawful assembly by the Oregon State Police before 9:30 a.Pro-Trump and anti-mask demonstrators hold a rally outside the Oregon State Capitol on Monday, Dec.local time, Salem police started closing streets and warning the public to avoid the area around the capitol building as protesters gathered and state lawmakers met to work on emergency COVID and wildfire relief legislation.

A proposed $200 million in relief for tenants and landlords as well as a six-month eviction moratorium, a restaurant relief package that will allow takeout customers to order to-go cocktails, and a transfer of $600 million from the state’s emergency fund for other COVID relief and wildfire response and recovery.Despite warnings from state police, many of the protesters remained, ripping tarps off of statues and dismantling fencing put up around the building.

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