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Anti-Trump protesters briefly block I-5, march throughout Portland

Scores of protesters took to the streets of Portland overnight Tuesday as a response to Republican candidate Donald Trump winning the presidential election. The demonstration wove in a circuit through downtown, on a section of Interstate 5, and onto the Hawthorne, Morrison and Broadway Bridges. (KATU photo – Tristan Fortsch)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Scores of anti-Trump protesters took to the streets Tuesday night and into early Wednesday morning, even blocking both directions of I-5 near downtown Portland for about 30 minutes.

The mass of demonstrators was blocking traffic at West Burnside near Broadway and 6th Avenue before moving south towards Pioneer Courthouse Square. They weaved through Portland State University and eventually settled outside the Justice Center just after 1 a.m. The group was made up of PSU students and members of Don't Shoot Portland who were there to help guide the protest and keep people safe.

The protests briefly delayed TriMet MAX trains on the Green and Yellow lines. One protester, "Madison C." told KATU, "It's hard blocking the MAX and everything and putting people on pause. But I'm sure a lot of people in Portland are frustrated by the outcome, and I think this is a great way to show our frustration."

Just before 2 a.m., several dozen protesters made their way to the Morrison Bridge, where they held a 'die-in' in honor of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old shot and killed by a police officer in Missouri two years ago.

The protesters then headed toward I-5, shutting the major artery down in both directions until about 3 a.m. near the Burnside Bridge.

A large police presence was reported on the freeway, and throughout the city during the march, but no arrests were made.

The protesters appeared to have walked off the freeway at the Broadway exit, past the Moda Center/Rose Quarter, and then headed over the Broadway Bridge back to the west side around 3:30 a.m.

The protest walked up Broadway to PSU, and finally disbanded just before 5 a.m. on campus.

Gregory Mckelvy is with Don't Shoot Portland, and tells KATU, "I think this is the beginning of the resistance, and the resistance in Portland that Don't Shoot Portland will be at the forefront of, and that this will go on for four years maybe."

Police said there were no arrests. Aside from an isolated dumpster fire, there were no reports of significant damage or vandalism.

Similar protests played out across the country, including a demonstration on the University of Oregon campus.


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