Protester creates disruption in Klamath Falls community
A male protester is creating disruption within the Klamath Falls community. A man has been protesting outside of a local Starbucks, carrying a white sign that reads, “White men first, we conquer our women, then our enemies,” on Friday afternoon.
Residents said the man has been standing at the intersection of Austin St. and Sixth St. on and off for a few months now, protesting a number of political issues from race to gender.
“The folks that have to tolerate these people, on what I think is a daily basis, they’re aggravated," counter-protester Duane Taddei said.
Taddei, who was carrying a pink sign that says, "Pray for him," in response to the other protester, said he is worried that what is now peaceful protest could turn into something more violent.
“Maybe instead of getting aggravated or flipping the bird, that they just drive on by and not give him the time of day," Taddei said. "If they pray, pray for him. If you don’t pray, still pray for him. Why not? What’s it hurt?”
As Taddei said the man was previously protesting about mixed race, he said he believes the protester is changing his message to target different minorities to provoke them.
“My fear is that it’s not going to peaceful for a long time," Taddei said. "He’s changing his message to aggravate different kinds of folks, this time women and last time race mixers.”
Taddei, who is from Cottage Grove, but conducts business in Klamath Falls, said he plans to protest against this man’s message anytime he is back in the area.
The protester declined to do an interview with News 10.