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Protesters take to streets of downtown Portland for sixth night

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Protesters took to the streets of downtown Portland for the sixth night Sunday following a candlelight vigil held along the waterfront. 

The vigil, which was hosted by the Portland’s Resistance group, was held at Salmon Street Springs and started at about 4 p.m.

The group talked about supporting people who have been marginalized and have been victims of hate crimes. Many who were there spoke about their feelings and what they experienced in the past.  

FOX 12 spoke with one of the vigil’s organizers, Greg McKelvey, who was talking about making sure people feel supported. Organizers say they wanted to make sure people were gathering to talk about the issues and uniting as a community. 

Regarding the violence seen during past protests, McKelvey said, "We need to think deeper, think about why Martin Luther King said a riot is the language of the unheard and we need to think about why those people feel unheard. My goal is to channel that energy into something positive but regardless we need to think about those people who feel unheard."

After the vigil, people then began marching through the downtown streets. At its peak, there were about 100 to 200 people taking part in the march, which seemed to be peaceful Sunday night. 

A FOX 12 crew covering the protest said they witnessed no acts of vandalism. FOX 12 reporter Kaitlyn Bolduc said they saw a couple of people taken into custody, and then released moments later. 

At times, protesters were in the streets and came face-to-face with police, but no flash bangs or tear gas were deployed. 

A couple of children were among those who were protesting. FOX 12 spoke with a mother and her son who were in the middle of the protest. The mother says she wanted him to be there with her, hoping it would keep the peace, and she believes it did just that. 

"When my son said, 'Mom, it’s time for me to stand up,' I said, 'OK buddy, let's go.' And as I was part of the march, I realized that it seemed to lend protection to the group, especially when we got toward the front and we were confronted by the police. I made sure he got right in front, we did, so that they could see the stakes are higher this time," she said.  

After walking through downtown, protesters made their way back to the site where the vigil was held, and the event appeared to wrap up just before 10 p.m.

The group says they are not giving up on getting their message out, but are simply taking a break.

Police say no arrests were made Sunday night. 

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