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.
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.
The large crowd moved again and started blocking traffic downtown and in NE Portland during the evening commute.
Portland Police estimate 2,000 people marched as the the protest continued into the evening.
The 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 ripped his sign.
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 closed the Pioneer Square MAX platforms for safety reasons.