Anti-Trump Rally in Portland, Oregon, Declared a Riot by Police

An anti-Trump rally on Thursday in Portland has been declared a riot by the police.

Protesters moving up Grand. Spotted this vandalism at car dealership

— Mike Benner (@MikeBennerKGW) November 11, 2016

After reports of vandalism and attacks on drivers, the Portland Police declared an anti-Donald Trump protest on Thursday night a riot.

Due to extensive criminal and dangerous behavior, protest is now considered a riot. Crowd has been advised.

— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) November 11, 2016

Under Oregon Revised Statute 166.015, the crime of Riot is a Class C Felony.

— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) November 11, 2016

The rally began at Pioneer Courthouse Square.

Anti #Trump protesters w/ #notmypresident signs demonstrating a "die in" at SE Grand & Burnside. They set up barricade to block traffic.

— Katherine Cook (@KCookKGW) November 11, 2016

Early in the evening, protesters blocked traffic with a die-in:

One protester tagging building, another just kicked in the back of a vehicle, another smashed in an office window. Things escalating

— Mike Benner (@MikeBennerKGW) November 11, 2016

According to the Associated Press, parts of two major interstates were closed due to the protests.  As the evening went on, there were reports of fights and vandalism. 

Police are advising protestors to discontinue use of illegal fire devices. Multiple individuals with bats reported in the crowd.

— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) November 11, 2016

Crowd throwing projectiles at police. Significant damage to area car lot.

— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) November 11, 2016

Some protesters were also attacked by bystanders.

Protesters turn violent at Broadway Toyota, smash 19 cars

— Dave Northfield (@DelNortePDX) November 11, 2016

At 8:18 p.m. local time, police tweeted about protesters having bats and "illegal fire devices."

The protest that became violent was not our protest. Get your facts straight media!

— Gregory McKelvey (@GregoryMcKelvey) November 11, 2016

At around 8:30, they declared the protest a riot, and said the crowd had shifted to "throwing projectiles at police."

The Portland protest marchers do not have their faces covered and they are in a group. The others are running around with faces covered.

— ethereal spirits (@etherealspirits) November 11, 2016

Advising crowd for those wishing to exercise their freedom of speech go to Pioneer Sq. so police can arrest those involved in illegal acts.

— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) November 11, 2016

A leader of the evening's march, activist Gregory McKelvey of the organization Don't Shoot Portland, claimed that the gathering of people that turned violent was "not our protest."

Many in crowd trying to get anarchist groups to stop destroying property, anarchists refusing. Others encouraged to leave area.

— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) November 11, 2016

 Others were backing up McKelvey's claim of a division between the initial protesters and the people involved in property destruction:

Those not wanting to be associated w/anarchists should leave the area immediately. Peaceful protesters encouraged to go to Pioneer Square

— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) November 11, 2016

The police attempted to find the split between protesters and what they called "anarchists" by ordering people back to Pioneer Square. They did not provide any evidence for labeling the people involved in what they called "illegal acts" as anarchists.


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