CRESWELL, Ore. --- Dozens of people gathered in demonstration to support the people who are facing fines for organizing the July 4th parade without a permit. Several members of far-right groups, seen wearing apparel showcasing organizations such as the Three Percenters, and others, came out to rally.
KEZI 9 News spoke with several residents in the surrounding area who said they were unaware the demonstration was happening, but they were frightened by the makeshift parade.
"Coming out and seeing that makes me uneasy," Samantha Hale said. The parade ran right by her house.
The demonstrators occupied the streets of Creswell for a few hours. All of them remaining in their vehicles while waving flags and blasting their horns.
"We heard the honking and we came out. My kids came out with me. I [saw] what was going on and I was nervous," Hale said.
The flyer for this event says they are rallying after the city called the Independence day parade a "prohibited activity."
One truck stopped to harass me because I shook my head at them. This is harassment! This is how we are having to live here? So upset," another resident who wished to remain anonymous said.
Hale and several other people in the area said they feel as though local law enforcement isn't doing enough to limit the far-right groups' influence on the city.
"This is a family neighborhood and there was no sheriffs. No police presence," Hale said.
KEZI 9 News attempted to speak with several far-right organizers at the event today. They declined to comment.
We reached out to the Lane County Sheriff's Office about whether or not they were present at the event but didn't hear back.