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Protesters take to Portland streets for fourth night

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For the fourth night in a row, protesters are taking to the street in downtown Portland.

Nearly 3,000 people started Friday evening attending a rally in Pioneer Courthouse Square at a rally organized by Portland Resistance.

The event spread to City Hall, where many speakers urged peaceful protests and community building while a self-proclaimed anarchist told the assembled crowds that it was not the job of protesters to, “stop violence or vandalism."

Around 7 p.m., some of the protesters began moving into the street, bringing a response from Portland police.

Police told the protesters they could march, but only along certain paths.

Police reported that the crowd was splitting and going into two directions.

A group of the demonstrators moved near to the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall and staged a sitting protest.

A group of protesters started making their way toward the Morrison Bridge, and the Oregon Department of Transportation closed both Interstate 5 and Interstate 84 in response.

Police reported that some protesters were throwing projectiles at officers and that they were monitoring three different marches.

ODOT, police and Moda Center officials said they were working to prepare for the traffic that would be coming from the Portland Trail Blazers game that would be ending soon.

Just after 9:30 p.m. the situation seemed to escalate as police reported protesters throwing "burning projectiles" at officers, who responded by deploying flash bangs and tear gas.

Police continued to advise the crowd to disperse, sending more flash bangs and CS gas into the crowd.

Some vandalism and graffiti was reported. A window was broken out at a Starbucks at Southwest 6th and Washington.

At 12 a.m., protesters continued to march in downtown Portland.

TriMet reported the protests were once again causing backups and delays for riders. PPB also advised drivers not to engage with protesters downtown.

This is a developing story. Please stay with FOX 12 for updates.

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