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Post-election protesters march in Portland for second night

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Protesters on Morrison Bridge. (Source: KPTV/Air 12) Protesters on Morrison Bridge. (Source: KPTV/Air 12)
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Protesters marched through downtown Portland well into Thursday morning to protest the results of election night.

A crowd started forming as early as 3 p.m. Wednesday and it had grown considerably by 5 p.m. The group began moving through the streets by 5:20 p.m. and eventually blocked traffic on the Morrison Bridge. 

Portland police said Interstate 5 was shut down at 5:45 p.m. between the Fremont Bridge and Marquam Bridge due to the protest. Interstate 84 was being diverted to northbound I-5. 

A short time later police said the protest had moved into southeast Portland and the highway had reopened. The protest continued onto Northeast Grand Avenue and crossed I-84 at Lloyd Boulevard. 

The group eventually made its way to the Rose Quarter area outside the Moda Center, before heading back onto I-5 at Broadway. The protest continued south on the highway back onto the Morrison Bridge, shutting down I-5 once again. 

Some protesters were seen sitting down on the highway. 

The group, which appeared to number in the thousands, then made its way back into downtown Portland and appeared to settle at the starting point, Pioneer Courthouse Square, before again dispersing into city streets, blocking traffic on the Burnside Bridge and then taking over Interstate 84. 

After making another loop around the city, the protesters once again arrived at Pioneer Courthouse Square around 9:15 p.m.

Protesters began marching again at 9:45 p.m., heading down Southwest Broadway and then made their way to the Burnside Bridge. Traffic was stopped while some of the protesters sat down in the middle of the bridge.

Around 10:30 p.m., protesters left the Burnside Bridge and turned northbound on Northeast Grand Avenue where they marched to Northeast Broadway. Protesters then headed back onto I-5 at Broadway.

The group then made their way back to downtown Portland, across the Morrison Bridge.

Around 1 a.m. Thursday, a majority of the protestors went left the scene. 

Police described the protest as peaceful and said they were prepared to get drivers off area highways for everyone's safety if the protest took them over, as expected. 

There was damage done by the protesters, however. The Oregon Department of Transportation said squares were removed from crash barriers on southbound Interstate 5 at the Morrison off ramp. The squares are designed to absorb impact from a crash. 

An ODOT spokesperson said if a driver were to hit the barrier with the squares removed, it could be deadly. Crews were working to repair the damage. 

Around 1 a.m. Thursday police said a person threw what appeared to be a Molotov cocktail at a small crowd of people near Chapman Square. A FOX 12 photographer who was near the area at the time said it looked like the suspect was not part of the protests. 

Witnesses said the person got into a van after throwing the Molotov cocktail and got away before police arrived. No one was injured.

Portland Fire & Rescue crews also responded to reports of some small fires along the protest route. 

Signs in the crowd included statements supporting Black Lives Matter and condemning President-elect Donald Trump.

Anti-Trump protesters previously took to the streets of downtown Portland late Tuesday night and marched into the early morning hours.

Both lanes of Interstate 5 were also shut down Tuesday between the Marquam Bridge and Fremont Bridge as protesters marched in the roadway. 

Police said they know more protests may follow. 

"We're well aware this is not likely to be a one-night event," said Sgt. Pete Simpson of the Portland Police Bureau. "Emotions are going to run high for sometime." 

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