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A self-described “Night of Rage” event launched by pro-abortion protesters in Oregon resulted in 10 arrests.
The protest began as an assembly around a pregnancy center in Eugene, Oregon and police say many of them were dressed in all-black with backpacks and eventually became unruly, leading to 10 arrests for disorderly conduct, according to a press release from the city.
“The crowd began to grow and moved towards the medical building. Eugene Police Mobile Response Team arrived in the area to block the building by using its vehicles and officers to surround the building, “the statement said.” The crowd continued to grow and began blocking E. 11th Avenue by standing in the driveway. Some people were observed picking up stones and several began putting on gas masks. One woman had a chemical pump syringe and she pumped it up. Additional EPD patrol resources were called in. “
Officers then used a loudspeaker system to try to disperse the group of more than 75 people, but the crowd did not disperse and police say people began throwing smoke bombs and filling water bottles at the officers.
Officers continued to urge the protesters to disperse without success, after which the first arrest was made.
“After the first arrest, the crowd became extremely loud and verbally hostile towards the officers and tried to get through the line,” the statement continued. “The police issued several warnings and arrests were made where people fought with officers and did not comply with legal orders, which led to inactive pepper bullets (pepper bullets without chemical ammunition) being inserted in a few cases at people’s feet and legs. at the time the audience size decreased. “
The statement said some officers suffered minor damage during the event, which lasted about five hours in total.
Dirk Weishaar, Outreach Manager at Dove Medical’s pregnancy center, tweeted a picture of officers protecting the building.
“It did not go as planned,” Weishaar said. “Turned into a night of protection. #HeReigns.”
The protest in Eugene comes after the Supreme Court overthrew Roe v. Wade in a 5-4 decision Friday that sends the abortion issue back to the states.
Protests broke out all over the country in cities like Washington, DC, New York City and Los Angeles, where protesters are blocking streets, chanting and in some cases being arrested.