American protestors attempt to storm Oregon State Capitol

TEHRAN, Dec. 22 (MNA) – A group of Americans protested against the Covid-19 restrictions, which turned violent for they sought to storm Oregon State Capitol in Oregan.

As RT reported, at least four people were arrested as anti-lockdown and coronavirus restriction protesters tried to gain access to the Oregon Capitol building during a special session.

Tear gas and pepper bullets were deployed by police after people smashed glass doors and tore down tarps while trying to gain access to the building.

Roughly 100 protesters, including members of the right-wing Patriot Prayer group, engaged in a six-hour standoff with armed riot police from the Oregon State Police and Salem Police Department.

One man is reportedly on the run after attempting to break into the building and then attacking journalists filming the incident.

"We're standing up for our constitutional rights to be here for this legislative hearing and for our rights to re-open the state of Oregon," said protester Crystal Wagner, as cited by The Statesman Journal.

"We are the people, we are the taxpayers. We're here to fight for our democracy."

Local lawmakers, staff, and reporters were the only ones present for the hearings but the meeting was broadcast on televisions which were visible outside the Capitol building. 

The anti-lockdown demonstration began at roughly 8:30 am local time, and several protesters managed to gain access to the building for a short time. They were confronted by law enforcement at which point "the altercation became physical," according to local officials.

One protester deployed some form of pepper spray and was met with a volley of pepper balls from armed OSP officers. 

Law enforcement attempted to clear the area at around 9 am after the gathering was declared unlawful, at which point one of the protesters deployed bear mace against officials. 

The man, later identified as Ryan Lyles, 41, was arrested and charged with felony possession of body armor and unlawful use of mace. 

At one point, the building’s fire alarm was triggered but this turned out to be a false alarm. 

State Senator and soon-to-be Oregon secretary of state Shemia Fagan described the situation as "unnerving." 

“It doesn’t feel normal. And it feels really sad," she said.

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