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Police: Crowd peaceful, no arrests at Portland's May Day rally

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Police said there were no problems reported at the May Day rally and march through Downtown Portland Wednesday afternoon.

A few thousand people gathered in O'Bryant Square at about 3 p.m. for a rally that included music and multiple speeches from various organizations.

Several immigrant rights organizations, labor advocacy groups, unions and community organizations represented a variety of issues.

A group of carpenter's union members said they were there to support rights for undocumented workers in their industry.

"I think the biggest issue for the construction industry is the minorities that are undocumented workers that are easily exploited," said union member Max Murphy.

Portland police officers were out in force Wednesday as the march began just after 4 p.m.

The march lasted about an hour-and-a-half, and the route made a two-mile circle back to O'Bryant Square.

The event was permitted so police led the way along the planned march route and blocked traffic for the crowd.

Many in the crowd said they were marching for immigration reform.

"There's 11 million immigrants waiting and waiting, and meantime families keep getting deported," said Maricelle Jeannette.

At one point early on in the march, FOX 12 witnessed a small group of masked anarchists yelling expletives at police and attempting to provoke a confrontation with officers at the front of the crowd. Despite that, police said no arrests were made, and the crowd was peaceful.

"I thought it was a great rally and a super march. I was surprised to see so many people came out today," said Meg Garcia, who supports livable wage increases.

This year's march was a change from last year's event, where police arrested at least 35 people for crimes ranging from interfering with officers to tagging.  

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