A small group of Proud Boys and Trump supporters traveled to Oregon’s Capitol on Sunday, where they clashed with a group of about 150 anti-fascist counterprotesters.
The group of far-right supporters published flyers in the days leading up to the rally, saying they were gathering to support “freedom.”
Sunday was the first time since the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol that the two opposing groups have had a notable confrontation in Oregon. Violent protests between the sides were common during the Trump administration, as anti-liberal groups would often travel to cities like Portland and Salem to engage in the conflicts.
The Proud Boys and similar extremists have appeared in public much less after federal law enforcement began bringing charges against hundreds of people who participated in the insurrection in Washington, D.C. At least two Oregonians were among those facing charges for Jan. 6.
A truck with an American flag drives through a crowd of counter protestors in Salem, Oregon pic.twitter.com/IdMdalXqPQ— Sergio Olmos (@MrOlmos) March 28, 2021
At one point Sunday, a large truck quickly sped through a crowd of the anti-fascist protesters as they stood in the street. Video showed the vehicle nearly hitting one person.
Several other vehicles also drove in and near the crowd over the course of the afternoon. Anti-fascist protesters threw objects and splattered some of the vehicles with paint.
Oregon State Police and the Salem Police Department were observed in the area of the protest, but did not intervene during the confrontations.
Just after 3:30 p.m., law enforcement declared the gathering an unlawful assembly and ordered the crowd to disperse.
Counter protestors confront man in American flag truck, man pulls Gunn protestors and cocks it.— Sergio Olmos (@MrOlmos) March 28, 2021
Salem police move in to arrest. No shots fired. pic.twitter.com/XMeJtbXWWH
Salem police arrested one man after he exited a truck and pulled a gun on anti-fascist protesters. The truck appeared to have been splattered with paint. No shots were fired during the confrontation.
Oregon State Police also made several arrests in the anti-fascist group Sunday afternoon.