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.
Drivers were warned that the protests were expected to cause widespread traffic delays. More: Check traffic alerts
In Oregon, the largest rallies were expected on the steps of the Capitol in Salem from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and in Portland, at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m.
In Salem activists planned to march on the state Capitol from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thousands of people were expected to attend.
More: Salem rally schedule
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.
Another large event was scheduled for 4 p.m., in Tigard. U.S. Senate candidate Marc Delphine will be leading the Washington County Tea Party, which was set to begin on Hwy. 99W, between the Car Toys store and Dutch Brothers Coffee. Scheduled speakers will address the crowds outside the Tigard Post Office. The event was expected to cause major traffic delays.
"The message for the event is to protest the rapid growth of government overspending, lack of transparency, and taxation without representation. "Our government still doesn't understand that you can't tax, spend and borrow your way out of a recession," Delphine said.
Protesters also planned to gather at the Clackamas Town Center from 4 to 6 p.m.
Other Oregon protests:
Elsewhere across the state, rallies were planned in Lake Oswego, Forest Grove, Eugene, Reedsport, Medford, McMinnville, Lincoln City, and Newport, among other cities.
Washington state protests:
Organizers in Washington state expected the biggest crowds at the noon rally at the Capitol steps in Olympia and a 5:30 p.m. rally in Westlake Park in Seattle.
Other Wash. Tea Party rallies are scheduled in Bellevue, Everett, Mount Vernon, Bellingham, Okanogan, Moses Lake, Richland, Prosser and Walla Walla.