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Black Lives Matter event turns into dueling demonstrations

One BLM protester told KEZI that it wasn't long before tensions flared on both sides. Aside from the verbal altercations, he said the biggest problem was the police's response to the dueling protests.

Posted: Nov 2, 2020 12:01 AM
Updated: Nov 2, 2020 12:10 AM

CRESWELL, Ore. --- A Black Lives Matter event in Downtown Creswell turned into dueling demonstrations after supporters of President Trump showed up to the rally. 

BLM protesters met outside of Creswell City Hall around 3:00 p.m. on Sunday to stand in solidarity with the black community after their daily rallies were put on pause due to the widespread wildfires. 

However, counter protesters showed up with American flags in hand, blocking part of the intersection. 

One BLM protester told KEZI that it wasn't long before tensions flared on both sides. Aside from the verbal altercations, he said the biggest problem was the police's response to the dueling protests. 

"We all kind of collectively started to say we need to go after the police drove by them blocking the cross walk and after they drove by and realize they weren't going to disperse them or protect us then we all decided we need to go," BLM protester Lukas Curtis said. 

He said the original BLM group was ultimately pushed out of the street. He told KEZI the group assumed counter protesters would show up to their event, so this came as no surprise. 

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