'Heavily Armed' Antifa Rioters Attack Pro-Veteran Demonstrators in Oregon
Thugs descend on 'Freedom' rally and flag wave near Oregon State Capitol grounds
A mob of around 200 violent and "heavily armed" Antifa rioters has attacked a group of pro-veteran demonstrators in Salem, Oregon, according to reports.
The leftists disrupted the “Freedom” rally on Sunday that was advertised as an event to honor those who “fought for our freedoms.”
In response to the rally, far-left rioters declared they would hold a “Fascist Free 503” counterdemonstration (503 is the northeastern Oregon area code) to block the Freedom rally from reaching Oregon State Capitol grounds.
Salem Police arrested at least three people and urged the public to stay away from the Capitol building as Antifa violence broke out.
The "heavily armed" crowd had grown to as many as 200 people, Fox 12 Portland reported.
Police received reports of vehicles driving past the Capitol being struck with balloons filled with paint as well as green lasers being pointed at drivers.
One vehicle was hit with a large tree limb that was thrown through the front window, according to Western Journal.
On 28 March, 2021, #antifa gathered in Salem, Ore. in a pre-planned riot. They wore ballistic vests & carried guns, bats, shields & gasmasks. They assaulted drivers on the road by throwing paint & rocks. One vehicle's windshield was impaled by a tree limb. https://t.co/dfXn2yt9xG pic.twitter.com/vNw1DXKhtt— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) March 29, 2021
Antifa came ready to rumble with a supply of bats, ballistic vests, and gas masks, Salem police said.
Police eventually closed the approach to the Capitol and sought to keep the Freedom rally participants and Antifa counterdemonstrators apart.
Officers eventually warned the Antifa group that failing to break up the violence “may result in force being used against you to include impact weapons, munitions, and tear gas.”
In one incident, a man in a truck sporting an American flag decided to fight back after his truck was damaged.
The man then pulled out a pistol and allegedly pointed it at the Antifa rioters.
He was later detained by police.