PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Protesters took to the streets of Portland to vent their feelings over the election of Donald Trump as president, an action that played out on the streets of US cities from New York to Berkeley.
It all started with a group of mostly high school and college age demonstrators who held signs and chanted “Love Trumps Hate” and other anti-Trump phrases as they marched around the city center and at Pioneer Courthouse Square.
One young woman addressed the crowd to say, “We love the people Donald hates … we stand with them no matter what our president says.”
Just when it seemed the crowd was about to disperse, another wave of protesters appeared and joined in at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Within minutes, the protest grew dramatically in size.
Other groups, including members of Don’t Shoot PDX, joined in on the protest.
Portland Police estimate 2,000 people marched as the the protest continued into the evening. The large crowd started blocking traffic downtown and in NE Portland throughout the night.
They blocked traffic on bridges and I-5 and Portland Police closed I-84 to prevent the crowd from going onto that highway.
Along the way, protesters were seen spray painting barriers along the highway.
Earlier in the day, the smaller group had a few peaceful encounters with Trump supporters and a slightly more agitated run-in later in the day. A man with a pro-Trump sign became angry when the protesters took his sign and ripped it.
That man tried to throw punches at a protester who looked high school age. Those involved were held back and no one was hurt.
Around the same time, a Trump supporter was removed from the scene by police after some kind of altercation with the protesters.
As they moved through the city, the initial group did not seem to be trying to block traffic. TriMet did warn riders of possible delays due to the protests.
TriMet also closed the Pioneer Square MAX platforms for safety reasons.
A window was broken at a bank on SW Broadway as the protesters continued marching, and police said looters hit a Shell station on the same street shortly after.
Hundreds also marched across the city Tuesday night, blocking traffic and chanting until about 5 a.m. Wednesday.