Anti-Trump protest turns violent in Portland


Almost 230 Americans were arrested just last night, Thursday - with at least 185 in Los Angeles and 29 in Portland after police declared the demonstration there a "riot" using tear gas, pepper spray and rubber baton rounds to disperse the crowd - that had been estimated at 4,000 during an earlier march.

Police in Portland, Oregon, say a person has been injured in a shooting on a Willamette (wil-AM'-it) River bridge during a protest of President-elect Donald Trump.

Trump, who had previously been silent on social media since becoming the president-elect, blamed the media for inciting "professional protesters" to denounce an "open and successful presidential election".

He tweeted to his 14 million followers: 'Love that fact that the small groups of protesters last night have passion for our great country. Organizers said on Facebook: "Let's unite together to peacefully show all of those whom Donald Trump or his supporters have put down that we still care about them, and to give them an opportunity to have their voices be heard".

In Portland, Oregon, city officials appealed Friday for calm after a Thursday night peaceful protest by about 4,000 people turned violent. Protesters in Portland threw objects at police and damaged cars in a dealership lot, police said, while local media reported graffiti on cars and buildings along with smashed storefront windows.

Minneapolis - Leaving a rally in downtown Minneapolis, several thousand protesters blocked the heavily traveled Interstate 94 for about an hour Thursday night, causing a major traffic backup in both directions.

Protests and marches continued in other U.S. cities including Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Denver, Minneapolis, Baltimore, Dallas and Oakland, California.

Protest number continued to dwindle through the night and as the early morning hours wore on, police announced to remaining clusters of protesters to immediately disperse or be "subject to arrest and the use of riot-control agents". The protesters say they are aware their words and actions can not reverse Tuesday's decision, but many said they want to raise awareness about their opposition to a campaign that included revelations about disparaging remarks Trump made regarding women and threats to build a wall between the United States and Mexico to keep immigrants out. Who knows. On Wednesday night he tweeted that the protests were "very unfair!"

A second group followed police orders and began marching north. Police said deviating from the route was not permitted.

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A protesters unhappy with the presidential election blocks traffic on JFK Blvd.as they march between cars on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, in Philadelphia.

Around midnight, a group refused to leave the area around Olympic Boulevard and Olive Street, and about 35 people were arrested.

A march was also scheduled for 11 a.m. Sunday at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park beginning at John F. Kennedy Drive, directly behind the de Young Museum.

A vandalized police cruiser and heightened tensions during Thursday night's protest in downtown Los Angeles. Some at the rally held signs, reading "Love trumps hate" or "Free hugs".

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus acknowledged on Friday the tight race with Clinton, but said anti-Trump protesters have to accept the election results.

In Portland, one person was reportedly shot during the demonstration.

The crowd started at a modest size of 50 to 75 rallying at Los Angeles City Hall, ABC Los Angeles station KABC-TV reported.

Portland authorities have estimated damage at more than $1 million.

The protests prompted Metro to detour some buses off Spring Street.