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List of businesses supporting Citizens Against Tyranny sparks controversy

The list was published on the group’s Facebook page last week. There are about 100 business owners listed.

Posted: Jan 18, 2021 6:49 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. – Leaders of Citizens Against Tyranny (CAT) have released a new list -- this time of businesses that support the group.

According to their website, CAT members believe that Gov. Kate Brown is infringing on business owners' and other organizations' rights with the coronavirus-related restrictions she has put in place.

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The list was published on the group’s Facebook page last week. There are about 100 business owners listed.

If someone reports a business to the Oregon Occupational Safety & Health Administration or other state agencies for violating COVID-19 protocols, CAT leaders said they will ban that person from businesses and organizations on the list.

One business owner told KEZI 9 News that he is proud to be listed in support of CAT. He said someone needed to fight for their rights as Americans.

“As you know, some of the restaurants have closed permanently. They are not open anymore,” said business owner David Jaques. “The others are in dire straits.”

Jaques said he hopes the leaders of CAT don't back down anytime soon, despite pushback from people in the community.

“I think it’s important because I think the people of Douglas County should see that this is a broad cross-section of businesses,” he said.

MORE: DOUGLAS COUNTY DA DENOUNCES CITIZENS AGAINST TYRANNY

However, not every business owner is happy about being on the list.

One business owner told KEZI 9 News anonymously that he went to an open meeting held by the group in early January out of curiosity. 

He said they asked him to sign in support of the declaration without telling him what it was or that they would be publishing it publicly. He no longer wants to be associated because of this.

Another business owner also talked to KEZI 9 News anonymously, saying he knowingly signed onto the declaration because he agreed with what they stand for.

However, he said he has asked to be taken off because of the “filthy traitor” list they posted last month. That list, which was posted on the group's website, identified two women the group accused of reporting a business to the state for violating COVID-19 restrictions. The list has since been taken down.

The business owner told KEZI he doesn’t want to be associated with anyone that targets people in the community.

KEZI 9 News reached out to Citizens Against Tyranny for comment, but they did not get back to us.

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