Hundreds of supporters, protesters at God, Guns & Liberty rally

Hundreds gathered at the Wayne Morse free speech plaza, on the sidewalks, and on the streets to support and protest the God, Guns and Liberty rally Saturday.

Posted: Aug 10, 2019 6:32 PM
Updated: Aug 13, 2019 3:30 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Hundreds gathered at the Wayne Morse free speech plaza, on the sidewalks, and on the streets to support and protest the God, Guns and Liberty rally Saturday.

With banners, signs, and flags, the plaza and surrounding streets and sidewalks were filled with people who had something to say.

Mariah Roth came out in protest of the rally because she said God, Guns, and Liberty is a thinly veiled name to hide what she says are their true intentions.

"They espouse hatred and inequality," said Roth. "We're Americans and we have voices and we can raise our voices in loving, kind, compassionate ways and peaceful ways."

However, supporters of the rally said they were the ones made to feel unwelcome by what they call "the other side."

"All I've ever seen is guys from our side be attacked and that's it," said Carl R. "That's why they'll walk in to us, but when we walk in to their crowd. we're attacked. They're walking all over here and none of us are attacking them."

Carl said that the message of the opposition is losing it's value and its effectiveness

"When we got in their, it's just, 'you're not welcome here, die.. All the usual stuff. (They say) we're Nazis, we're fascists yada yada yada so on and so forth. It's lost all it's meaning now."

Sarah Skochko is a minister with the Universalist Unitarian Fellowship and she said it was important that her organization show up.

"So they brought god into it by calling it the Guns, God, and Liberty rally and we are here on behalf of God as well," said Skochko.

She called the rally an unsuccessful scare tactic.

"I also think that they want to intimidate people and I'm not intimidated," she continued. "I don't think many people here are afraid. We are more interested in flying our rainbows and showing love." 

Police estimate that 300 people showed up to the rally and said it was relatively contained.

One person was arrested. Brandon Howard, 33, of Springfield is facing disorderly conduct charges. He was allegedly carrying a helmet and headbutted another person. Police said he had a wrench taped to his arm.

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