Antifa members came out in force to threaten a group of Trump supporters who dared to wave flags from a closed highway overpass.
Police watched wearily as one carried a chainsaw. (The Register-Guard)
The overpass was closed from about 12:19 p.m. to about 2:55 p.m., with officers from the Springfield and Eugene police departments trying to keep protesters from different ends of the political spectrum separated. Springfield Police Sgt. Matt Neiwert said there was one arrest, of a woman wearing black clothes and a bandana over her face. Her name or charges were not immediately available.
A group called Oregon Women for Trump organized the “America First” rally and “flag wave” Sunday afternoon on the overpass.
Some flag-wave-goers held banners and signs for President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign. Counter-protesters held signs that said “Hex Nazi Scum” and other antifascist messages. One America First protester held a Bible and prayed for much of the rally. One counter-protester carried a chainsaw without a chain and revved the engine to drown out flag-wave rally cheers.
Eventually, the America First group moved off the bridge toward Gateway Street. The counter-protesters followed, still with police keeping the groups apart.
A SWAT team had to keep Antifa members away from Trump supporters.