PORTLAND Tea Party activists have planned several rallies in cities across Oregon and Washington state Thursday, as part of the national Tax Day political protests.
The events coincide with the April 15 deadline to file federal income taxes. Similar rallies will be held across the nation. The activists were expressing their anger and frustration over the taxes they're paying the government and how it was being spent.
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A protest at the State Capitol in Salem was organized by FreedomWorks Oregon.
The group describes themselves as a grassroots group to lead the fight for lower taxes, less government, and more freedom.
About 3,000 people crowded the Capitol steps in Olympia, Washington for a Tea Party protest there.
Democratic Party leaders were among the biggest targets, although protesters had plenty of disdain for both established political parties.
Most protest signs called for less government and lower taxes, but a few labeled President Barack Obama as a Muslim or a communist revolutionary.
Other rallies were scheduled across the country.
We are going so deeply into debt, I feel like our government is going to fail, supporter Martha Wilson said.
The 63-year old Vancouver woman is a registered independent, from military family, who's fed up with Washington.
Look what they did to pass this health care plan, they went behind closed doors, they wouldnt let any Republicans in, they wouldnt listen to other people.
Wilson, along with many other Tea Party supporters feel the Obama administration is disproportionately helping the poor rather than the middle class or the rich.
JIM VAUSE, TEA PARTY SUPPORTER
We're not saying that we are not willing to pay taxes, supporter Jim Vause said. Hell yes we are willing to pay taxes, but we are not going to sit here and say, oh, 'go ahead and tax us out of business.'
Organizers in Portland said activists planned to target commuters by waving signs and yelling slogans simultaneously at high-profile locations throughout the city during peak driving periods. This included plans to gather on several overpasses along I-84 eastbound, I-5 and I-405, as well as Highway 26.
Protesters also planned to gather at the Clackamas Town Center from 4 to 6 p.m.
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Elsewhere across the state, rallies were planned in Lake Oswego, Forest Grove, Eugene, Reedsport, Medford, McMinnville, Lincoln City, and Newport, among other cities.
(KGWReporters Pat Dooris and Kyle Iboshi contributed to this report)