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Anti-lockdown protesters attempt to break into Oregon statehouse

Protesters demonstrating against pandemic restrictions and closures gathered outside the Oregon Capitol building in Salem on Monday, with some individuals attempting to break through a glass door after police declared an unlawful assembly as state lawmakers met inside for a special legislative, Oregon Public Broadcasting reports.

Footage captured by Sergio Olmos, a reporter for OPB, showed a mid-sized crowd gathered around a side entrance to the statehouse. A few people tried to bust through the glass either by kicking it or driving a metal instrument through it. Some of their fellow protesters can be heard urging them to stop, while others egged them on.

Eventually, the protesters wound up in a standoff with police who formed a riot line before ultimately moving away as the crowd moved back toward the capitol. Watch more of Olmos' footage in this twitter thread.