Protesters Enter Oregon Capitol Building Calling for State Reopening

Protesters broke inside the Oregon State Capitol in Salem during a COVID-19 relief special session on December 21, as State Police declaring an unlawful assembly.

Oregon Police also reported at least one of the protesters used chemical agents against the police, with the police using inert pepper balls in return.

“On December 21, 2020 around 8.30 am during the third special session protesters were able to gain access to the Oregon State Capitol,” wrote the police in a press release. “The Oregon State Capitol is closed due to COVID-19 restrictions. Oregon State Police and Salem Police were able to get everyone out of the building. Two individuals refused to leave the building and were taken into custody.”

The anti-lockdown rally was organized by right-wing group Patriot Prayer. “Get your city and county officials to open up their jurisdictions in keeping with your CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS,” wrote the group in an event post. “Show that we will no longer tolerate the lockdown and will act to protect our rights to life and property.”

Footage taken by Twitter user @DeanFro34227920 shows demonstrators inside the building. “Come on inside,” a man yells, “come on, it’s nice in here!” Credit: @DeanFro34227920 via Storyful