Ore. Lawmakers refuse to open closed-door special session

Protesters hold a rally outside the Oregon State Capitol in Salem, Ore. on Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, as legislators meet for a special session to discuss COVID-19 relief measures. (AP Photo/Sara Cline)

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UPDATED 6:47 AM PT – Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Oregon lawmakers are facing backlash from hundreds of patriots who protested the state’s exclusion of residents from legislative sessions that were formerly open to the public.

On Monday, the opening day of the state’s third special session, supporters of President Trump gathered around the State Capitol building in Salem.

They called for entry into the legislative session that was being held inside to better voice their frustration about the state’s current lockdown policies. Officials claimed the session was closed off due to COVID-19 concerns.

“We pay for this building, we pay their their salaries,” one protester yelled to out the crowd. “It is our building, we need to be in there and see what the hell is going on with these Chinese traders.”

Instead of responding to the protesters calls to let them in, however, lawmakers doubled down on their decision to keep their session private. Lawmakers then demanded that the police intervene, which resulted in at least four protesters being arrested.

Residents in Oregon have been criticizing the state’s orders for schools and businesses to close.

One member of the state Senate, Dallas Heard (R), objected to the exclusion and called the session “illegitimate” before walking out to join the demonstrators.

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