[ Editor’s note: Their mini insurrection outburst occurred on January 13, a year and a week after the J6 insurrection. Ignoring Robert’s Rules of Order at the 19:00 minute mark (in video below), protesters shouted out that the meeting participants’ personal testimony about Covid 19’s impact on their own family members was “propaganda.”
Despite their 1st Amendment right to think and say what they want, do the protesters have any right to feel aggrieved, angry and sullen when a democratic business meeting churns on without them?
Oregon KOIN news reported that some of the protesters were still stinging from their favorite candidate’s loss on November 3, 2020.
Some of us recall the years in the 1970s when anti seatbelt protesters claimed that seatbelts were detrimental to their survival because without the seatbelt, they “had the chance to be thrown clear of the car wreck and survive.” It’s descendants of the same small groupthink, and it is a similar illogic about rejecting personal protective equipment (PPE). ]
First published 19 January 2022, by Ian Costello, KOIN
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – After a group of unmasked people forced Thursday’s Clackamas County Commissioners meeting to pause and move from in-person to online, Chair Tootie Smith said at least the the Jan. 20 meeting will be conducted virtually.
“I felt that it was an insurrection,” Smith told KOIN 6 News. “They were boisterous. They were protesting. It was very obvious as I got into the meeting that these people did not allow for the normal business meeting to continue.”
The group was urging “mass noncompliance” of COVID-19 safety mandates and disputing Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations. They called the 2020 presidential election “fraudulent,” despite ample evidence to the contrary.
“There were 60 people in the room. If everyone had removed their mask for the meeting, [a] $500, fine would be [a] $30,000 fine,” Smith said. “I am not willing to do that. That’s the first offense. The second offense could put our state funding in jeopardy. I also am not willing to do that either.”
Background on “Free Oregon”:
🚨Reminder that this is happening Thursday. While @maskblocpdx is trying to help keep out community safe Ben Edtl and Free Oregon are having a mask burning party. Fuck this 🚨 pic.twitter.com/wQbjJTTamo
— 🏴TheStrongerTrees🌲 (@NorthEnd161) January 16, 2022
[ Take about a thousand seconds of your life to watch part of the meeting: ]
“I like to come back in person and I do want the people who want to voice their opinions to the government to be able to come forward and see them face-to-face,” Smith said. …
“[We] will make a decision… If we continue to see civil disobedience and civil unrest, then we’re going to have to make accommodations.”
Editing: Erica P. Wissinger