Crowd rallies at capital to 'reopen Oregon'

From Eugene, to Keizer, to Salem, over 1,000 people paraded to the capital to protest Oregon's continued closure.

Posted: May 2, 2020 5:38 PM
Updated: May 2, 2020 6:21 PM

SALEM, Ore. -- From Eugene, to Keizer, to Salem, over 1,000 people paraded to the capital to protest Oregon's continued closure.

Many had a similar message.

"Independent workers right now - they're the ones suffering," said Ismael Espino, a Salem resident. "My mom has a hair salon, and we can't make ends meet because Kate Brown is out there not doing anything for us."

Others protested what they call an "overreach" of the government.

"We believe there is a place for government, but we believe this is an overreach and they are trampling on our rights," said Charles Hibbers, a Lane County Republican.

The protest was part of a statewide effort - attracting people far and wide who believe the government has gone too far.

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"We live under a constitution, and the right to assemble is the first thing off the list," said chair of the Lane County Republican Party, John Large.

There were close to 1000 people who showed up in the rain - for the rally organized by the group "Oregon Uniting for Liberty."

"It's ok if people want to stay home," said Janira Brannigan, a member of the group Oregon Women for Trump. "But if you want to reopen... if you want to go back to work... you should have the freedom to do that."

The protest was similar to one a few weeks back that was organized in honor of first responders and health care workers.

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Kate Brown allowed non-emergency medical procedures to resume on Friday. All other steps taken to reopen the state will ulltimately come from her.

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