May 13, 2021

Clashes at one of two pro-Trump rallies in Oregon – CBS News

Hundreds of people gathered Monday afternoon in a small town south of Portland for a vehicle rally for President Trump, just over a week after member of a far-right group was fatally shot after a Trump caravan went through the city. Later Monday, Trump supporters and counter-protesters clashed at Oregon’s Capitol.

Vehicles waving flags for Mr. Trump, the QAnon conspiracy theory and in support of police gathered at about noon at Clackamas Community College in Oregon City.

Attendee Keith Diffenderffer told CBS Portland affiliate KOIN-TV, “We have to stand up for America because we are in control of it. If we take control of it and if we don’t, we have to accept what other people want.”

A smaller group of members of the right-wing group the Proud Boys went on to Salem, where a crowd of several dozen Trump supporters had gathered.

At one point Monday afternoon, the right-wing crowd rushed a smaller group of Black Lives Matters counter-demonstrators, firing paint-gun pellets at them. There were skirmishes, and the Black Lives Matter group dispersed shortly after local police arrived on the scene.

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A supporter of President Trump uses a fire extinguisher during scuffles with Black