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Hundreds of people gather at Waterfront Park in Portland to protest ND pipeline

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Drivers around downtown Portland may see slow traffic Tuesday afternoon and into the evening due to a planned rally. 

The protest is part of a larger “national day of action” being held nationwide over the North Dakota pipeline project.

Organizers planned for events in Portland to take place outside of the Army Corps of Engineers buildings at 333 S.W. 1st Ave. and 1201 N.E. Lloyd Blvd. 

By 4:30 p.m., hundreds of people marched through downtown Portland and met at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. 

Many people carried signs that said "Climate Justice," "Protect Native Rights" and "I stand with Standing Rock." 

A Facebook event page for the rally shows that around 1,600 people plan to attend the rally. The page also notes that organizers plan for the event to be “peaceful and prayerful at all times” while also being family-friendly.

Police believe the rally could affect TriMet users and commuters, as have many of the past protests seen in the city in the week since the presidential election.

The Portland Police Bureau said their goal with a demonstration like the one on Tuesday is to “ensure a safe, secure and orderly event for community members, minimize disruptions to traffic, and to protect property.”

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