After a city in Oregon cancelled the July 4th parade due to COVID-19, it was reported that a hooligan celebration including far-right extremist groups was successfully held on Sunday.
according to Registered guard, Hundreds of people gathered in Creswell to participate in unauthorized activities. The photo shows the participants wearing “Proud boy“Shirts, and lifted the “PB” sign from their truck.
“At least one of the marchers wore a shirt with a’Q’ printed on it, representing a believer in the QAnon conspiracy theory,” Register protection Report.
Sergeant Scott Denham of the Lane County Sheriff’s Office told this newspaper that when the police arrived at the scene, they found that hundreds of marchers far exceeded them. Denham said that the police did not stop their activities, but recorded what happened, and then subpoenaed the offenders.
Weekly newspaper Contacted the Sheriff’s Office to find out if any subpoenas were issued to the participants, but did not receive a response before posting.
The flyer for the event has been posted to Facebook, Said this will be “Oregon’s largest patriotic celebration.” It promotes a family-friendly atmosphere, stalls, food, fireworks, etc. But the announcement did not disclose the details of the team coordinating the march.
The flyer also stated that the event was “an opportunity to meet many of the best patriot groups in Oregon.”
Martha McReynolds Jr., a former member of Creswell City Council, told the media Register protection She believes that the march is just a way for far-right groups to recruit more people.
“They gave this very nice look, and then if you scratch the surface completely, it becomes very clear,” McReynolds said. “Creswell doesn’t want far-right job fairs and job fairs.”
Several local news media reported that many people who participated in the parade were excited about the parade. At the height of the coronavirus pandemic, the city also cancelled the 2020 parade.
“It’s really nice to see the parade here again,” Catherine Schatz, a resident of Creswell, told KEZI-TV. “After everything is closed, it’s great to see everyone happy, happy and loving each other.”
Another resident, Eli Rosenau, told Register protection Holidays “should not be about politics, it is about appreciating” our country, freedom, what is the establishment of the country, do you like this, and have all kinds of freedom.
According to the city’s chamber of commerce, Creswell officials did sponsor other July 4th celebrations. The military jet flyover, fireworks and open days at Creswell Airport are part of the city’s approved events.