Portland joins cities nationwide holding protests over the dismissal of former AG Sessions

Turnout at the 'Nobody Is Above the Law' rally on Portland's waterfront - Image from KATU photojournalist Corry Young.jpg

PORTLAND, Ore. – Several groups held a rally in downtown Portland Thursday afternoon over the dismissal of former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

The demonstration was called "Nobody Is Above the Law - Mueller Protection Rapid Response."

The protest is just one of hundreds expected around the country, including several others in the Pacific Northwest.

It started about 5 p.m. along Waterfront Park. Oregon U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden spoke during the rally.

Organizers of Thursday's protests posted the following message on their site: "Note: If you choose to attend an event, you agree to engage in nonviolent, peaceful action, to act lawfully, and to strive to deescalate any potential confrontations with those who may disagree with our values."

Thursday’s rally comes as Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler introduces a new ordinance that would give him broad power to restrict protests when violence or vandalism is likely to occur.

READ MORE: Portland City Council holds hearing on mayor's proposed protest ordinance

Last September, Portland held a very different protest centered around Sessions, who was visiting the Rose City to talk to local law enforcement at the US Citizenship and Immigration Services building.

People in Vancouver also sent a message to Washington, D.C. The rally drew a few dozen people to the waterfront.

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