Shots fired during a fight with a popular convoy and counter-protesters

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Portland police are investigating reports of at least one gunshot during a tense interaction between People’s Convoy and counter-protesters in Oregon last week. However, the investigation will not be too difficult, because this is the people’s convoy we are talking about and they broadcast all their crimes live.

The incident happened Friday night as members of the convoy traveled down Interstate 205. Counter-protesters allegedly threw objects from the Northeast Glisan Street overpass, according to Portland Policecausing the demonstration to stop and all traffic routes to be blocked.

At 6:54 p.m., North and East Precinct officers responded to a report of a group throwing objects from the Northeast Glisan Street overpass on Interstate 205, and that a shot was fired . Portland police were monitoring a protest “convoy” passing through Portland and counter-protesters who confronted them. Officers determined that the gunshot call was likely related. They recovered evidence of a gunshot, but no known casualties. Multiple officers were called in as a group of approximately 15 people were shouting and harassing the officers as they conducted the investigation. No immediate arrests were made, but the investigation is continuing. (22-113690)

A group of children chased the people’s convoy from the Berkeley-Oakland area to San Francisco late last month by bombarding vehicles stuck in traffic with armfuls of Safeway eggs, SFGate reports. Drivers were surprised at the reaction of Bay Area residents and furious that they had to scrub their vehicles.

Perhaps they were particularly triggered then when the unidentified objects landed in traffic. However, no matter what is thrown at you from the dairy section, unloading a weapon in Portland is illegal in most cases.

It appears that two shots were fired, but police have only found one so far. Here’s a snippet from the People’s Convoy streamer WYSIWYG:

A reminder that the last time they were bombarded with objects, they were children throwing. You know, the kind these people claim to be so ready to protect. You can’t tell if there are children on this overpass, but there very well could be. A member of the convoy even calls them children. Drivers then identify the objects as paint-filled eggs (something like paint-filled Easter eggs perhaps?) Either way, discharging a gun around or even possibly at them doesn’t appear to be the action of someone who has his safety at heart.

It’s really a mixed bunch, these members of the people’s convoy. This is the third police investigation into a member’s actions since the convoy began circling Washington DC in March. Metro Police investigate an incident where a woman’s leg was allegedly broken by a convoy driver in a BMW and the alleged beating of a motorcyclist by protesters from the convoy on the ring road.

Now that COVID-19 restrictions have all but been lifted in the United States, drivers moved on to protest against one of the the few bills on the right to abortion currently under consideration by state lawmakers. However, they may have plans to go back to basics. And by the basics, I mean maybe just copy Canada’s Freedom Convoy a bit more.

The People’s Convoy says its drivers are currently resting and regrouping at a Speedway in Idaho and states on its website that they will be moving later this week running north to northeast, possibly as far as Canada. However, to enter Canada, you should generally be fully vaccinated and provide proof of this fact:

To qualify as a fully immunized traveler to Canada, you must:

  • have received at least 2 doses of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine for travel, a mixture of 2 accepted vaccines
  • or at least 1 dose of Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine
  • have received your second dose at least 14 calendar days before you enter Canada
  • Example: if your second dose was at any time Thursday July 1so Thursday July 15 would be the first day you meet the 14 day requirement
  • have no signs or symptoms of COVID-19
  • upload proof of vaccination in ArriveCAN complete your ArriveCAN submission and get the ArriveCAN receipt with the letter I, V or A next to your name

One would imagine that several hundred vehicles full of people who do not have vaccination documents attempting to enter Canada could lead to another massive blockage at the border, closing a passage as we saw at the Ambassador Bridge with the freedom convoy. This tactic proved to be slightly more effective in attracting attention, as protesters shut down one of the main commercial arteries between Canada and the United States. This, however, did not allow them to meet the legislators, nor to capitulate to their demands; just arrests and towed vehicles.

Either way, we’ll be keeping an eye out for any further development of the People’s Convoy.

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