ASHLAND, Ore. — People with signs brandishing messages like "Reopen Oregon" and "Freedom is essential" gathered at the Ashland plaza on Sunday to protest the restrictions place on people and businesses during the Phase 1 reopening of the state.
They had a similar message to the rally in Medford on Saturday. Around a dozen people were at this gathering in Ashland.
The Ashland group's organizer, Randy Dolinger, said his group was there to protest the government, saying they were lying about the coronavirus to strip people of their freedoms.
"We're out here to let people know there's another side to this story," Dolinger said. "We feel like America is being lied to."
Dolinger also believes that there is not a need to have the businesses closed. He says that they should be allowed to reopen and people can make their own choices about going out in public.
There was a verbal altercation between a person walking on the street and the group of protestors. It did not escalate beyond yelling.
An Ashland police officer was on scene for the first hour.