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Community responds to Portland protests

Fresh off the heels of the God, Guns, and Liberty protest that happened in Eugene last weekend and the Portland ones Saturday -- residents in Eugene are asking what these are even accomplishing.

Posted: Aug 17, 2019 5:59 PM
Updated: Aug 17, 2019 9:58 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Fresh off the heels of the God, Guns, and Liberty protest that happened in Eugene last weekend and the Portland ones Saturday -- residents in Eugene are asking what these are even accomplishing.

Hope Claussen is a student at University of Oregon and she says she believes peaceful protests are constructive in society.

"I guess protesting is a good way to get your point out there and be heard but then you should have something to back it up," said Claussen.

While others think they don't accomplish much.

"What's going on in Portland... it's dumb," said another resident, Jay White. "They just need to stop."

With a political divide between duelling sides during Saturday's Portland protests, the conversation was opened up in our community about what these protests are even working to achieve.

"There's a lot of fighting and arguing, but I don't really know what comes out of that in the end," said Claussen.

Following the God... Guns... and Liberty rally that attracted over 300 people to the Wayne Morse free speech plaza, yielding one arrest, some people blame president Trump for the division and conflicts.

"He's sacrificing people in order for him to stay in office," said White.

Regardless of point of view or level of participation, people say that they are happy we have the right to protest in this way.

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