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SALEM — A Lincoln City businessman who was returning home Friday from a trip to Bend found himself trapped by tear gas, police and hundreds of protestors.

“I was caught in the eye of the hurricane,” recalled Robert Dempewolf as traffic came to a sudden halt next to the State Capitol building. “Protestors were marching and chanting, then running past my truck as the police set off flash bangs and lobbed tear-gas grenades. People were trying to get out of there.”

Dempewolf, who owns Taft Athletic Club, decided to jump from his immobilized vehicle and record the tense moments exclusively for Lincoln City Homepage.

“I didn’t know what the protest was about, but then I spotted some American flags and pro-Trump signs,” he reported. “Somebody said they were trying to exercise their freedom of speech, but it seemed like the police weren’t going to give an inch.”

Subsequent media reports identified the organizer as Oregon Women for Trump. It was the second raucous rally at the Capitol to flare out of control, coming on the heels of a Dec. 21 protest where demonstrators tried to push their way through the locked doors of a special legislative session.

On New Year’s Day, several hundred protestors hiked from the capitol to the residence of Gov. Kate Brown at Mahonia Hall, the gubernatorial mansion, where they were urged by a state lawmaker to take up arms to defend businesses operating in defiance of Covid lockdown orders.

The scene captured by Dempewolf marked the return to the Capitol steps of the crowd. Police unleashed their anti-riot munitions as demonstrators from the anti-Brown camp threatened to clash with counter-protestors.

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Rick Beasley
Rick Beasley is a simple writer who collects sniper rifles for a hobby. During an astonishing publishing career that spans five decades and continues at Lincoln City Homepage, he has collected 17 awards for excellence in journalism from various organizations including nine first-place Best Writing awards from the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association.

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  1. It’s incredible to me that people can’t debate logically and respectfully. For years I heard all my friends (both sides) claim, “You’re responsible for your actions,” and now I don’t see that at all.

    It seems to me people need to look inward and start to act like adults.

    When did it become ok to rage comment? At what point did we lose our ability to discuss Things like adults? How can ANYTHING meaningful be talked about when people prefer to throw feces at one another in the way of insults?

    How can anyone possibly take you seriously if you come out swinging with insults? No one, that’s who. A keyboard gives people the notion they’re invincible.

    May I make a suggestion, if you want to help this country and you love our nation, treat your fellow American with respect. Respect begets respect, and the same can be said with disrespect.

    You effectively shut down the other person by insulting them, and therefore no meaningful debate can happen, because you robbed the other of their dignity.

    It seems people have placed this bizarre notion that our politicians must be followed at all costs. When the reality is it robs us of our dignity and self-worth. Real talk, they don’t even know or care that you exist, outside of keeping them in power.

    Stop the hatred on both sides. The extremist views are anti-American. I want to see adults having constructive conversations, but so far, it’s like watching children bitch about something they’ve no idea what they’re talking about, and using expletives to fill in the gaps.

    To be taken seriously, one must act like an adult. On both sides. As someone that sits in the middle, I’ve seen the far sides of the aisle have gotten out of hand. You all need to bring it down a notch and stop this behavior; otherwise, no one will listen, and thus nothing gets done in this country.

    Make Education Great (for once), and we fix a lot of these issues.

  2. So, apparently the Maga crowd believe that they were treated unfairly at this protest and the previous one (where they broke in to the state capitol and were ushered out again). While those BLM protestors got away with much more violent protests.

    I don’t think either is the case. The BLM protests seem to have had a much more heavy handed police response. Arguably the MAGA protests reaped the benefits of the criticism of the police tactics after that.

    Either way the response from the Police to the MAGA protestors does not seem at all equivalent to their response to BLM protestors.

    Having said that I expect to hear all sorts of abuse about me being a Socialist, or Un-American. I happen to not be American, and I certainly think that the US could do a lot better by removing For Profit Health Insurance Companies from the mix.

  3. Golly Gee MAGATS, what an inspiring display of LAW and Order and democracy displayed today, . you must be sooooo proud of the ” greatest president ever “

  4. “WHO KEPT AND HONORED EVERY WORD HE RAN ON” like not draining the swamp?? Ever heard of cronyism?
    Even Republican judges dismissed his groundless suits. There is no evidence of voting fraud. “Evidence” from 4chan is not evidence. Fake videos are not evidence.

  5. It’s also inexplicable that the party of Lincoln, the Republican Party, is now
    the bad guys, and the party of the democratic south, which fought for slavery,
    is now the party that claims to support people of color, I’m pretty sure all KKK
    members are/were democrats.
    The problem is Republicans got a bad name as the party of rich white guys,and now, it’s completely flip flopped, the richest people in the USA are white liberals,
    and complete hypocrites, it’s just sad to see that so many people are deluded, and have such irrational hate for Trump, that they’d vote for a bigot like biden.

  6. It’s crazy how the far left gets to protest and Riot cops don’t do anything but the moment Pro trumper’s protest the cops are throwing flashbangs and it’s all pro trumper’s faults and they’re hated for their freedom of speech

  7. We don’t have a history in the USA anymore the extremist left is trying to erase it. That way we can’t learn anything from the past. Next they will want to change the name of Lincoln city and then Lincoln County they will probably want to the Lincoln statue down also at the northern end of town.

  8. All we can say for sure is that there seems to be mountains of evidence such as fake ballots, videos showing boxes full of ballots being pulled out to count after the republican poll watchers left, one lady running the same stack of ballots three times and eye witness testimony. Yet not one single judge will look at the evidence which could only lead to one conclusion, they don’t want the public to see the truth. Every voter regardless of party should be demanding the release and public disclosure of all the evidence unless they want their rights taken away for good. If we let both parties bury what happened then our Constitutional form of government is gone.

  9. Oh, ok, so the cops come down on Trump people, but not anarchists in Portland.
    Makes perfect sense to me. This country is [email protected]#$d, and you deluded twits who
    voted dumbnocrat are going to find out soon enough what your new senile, creepy, crooked ,bigoted and illegitimate president is all about.

  10. It really is depressing to see the once-respectable GOP devolve into the deranged pro-Trump commenters seen in these comments sections. We are witnessing the panicked last gasps of the idiot bigots.

  11. The next time you go to your bank and see they cheated you about $1000. or any amount, then said, “Tough luck….” we cheat just like the democrats do”. They can cheat in elections, print fake ballots, use machines and manipulate to take one candidates votes and give to another, don’t cry. This is why America can not allow our elections to be cheated and manipulated. They have been proven beyond words. It is well documented. CHEATED. They used many methods. America can not survive this or we will never have democracy.

  12. RJ, Name calling is sooo adult, My parents also were immigrants, and fought in BOTH world wars to keep us from little men like trump….if you are interested in freedoms, read the constitution, he LOST and no ignorant right wing blowhard is going to change that FACT. the peaceful transition of power is the AMERICAN way, not whining and crying and waving a flag that you don’t understand. AGAIN, he LOST, loser

  13. Thank you and GOD BLESS! Those of us who studied HISTORY and finished school understand what is going on in America. Those who are “SHEEP” are being led down a bad path.

  14. Hey Ass Hat… Ya Wayne! I am Proud to be an AMERICAN you Communist Pig! I will give you my name its RJ Peace! So get the stick out of your ass and open your eyes. If Oregon Born wants to stay anonymous it is their choice! I am a second Generation American whos grandparents fled communisms oppression, We are now fighting to keep America Free, Just like myself and many others have fought to keep “Your” freedoms in tact.. So Man up or Shut the fuck up! SEMPERFI

  15. Those who wish to remain Democrat might be shocked to know what life would be like under total SOCIALISM/Communism which is their agenda. Look at the people who fled Cuba, no rights, no small business. They take away all your rights. Those people make $1.50 a day. Old cars, no rights. That is why people were leaving on homemade boats, finding their way to America where FREEDOM exists. We want religion of our choice, which Democrats say “NO” to, we want our own health insurance, which the Democrats say “no” to, we want our 2nd amendment, right to have our guns, which the Democrats say “No” to. We want freedom, which the Democrats say “No” to…many more. How about the right to own and open your small business? THey would take that away. They are using the virus right now to take your rights away. GET REAL PEOPLE. DO NOT GIVE IN TO THESE EVIL PEOPLE.

  16. GOD BLESS AMERICA AND DONALD J TRUMP WHO IS OUR GREATEST PRESIDENT EVER, WHO KEPT AND HONORED EVERY WORD HE RAN ON DURING HIS RACE FOR PRESIDENT, PLUS MANY MORE. HE STANDS FOR FREEDOM, LOVE FOR ALL, JOBS, SAFETY, SECOND AMENDMENT, NO TO SOCIALISM. THIS ELECTION WAS FRAUDULENT AND WE ALL KNOW IT. FAKE BALLOTS, VOTES CHANGED TO BIDEN, MORE HIDDEN BALLOTS PUT THRU SCANNER MULTIPLE TIMES. I THINK THE WORST WAS THE FAKE ONES SENT TO REPUBLICANS THAT WOULD PURPOSELY NOT GO THRU THE MACHINES. WE ALL HAVE PASSWORDS THAT WON’T WORK IF WE MAKE ONE ERROR.

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