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Portland religious leaders ask for peace with protests

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Community leaders issued a call for peace amid anger over the election results.

Portland area church leaders gathered Thursday with Mayor Charlie Hales to ask protesters to stay peaceful in the coming days.

More demonstrations are expected in the coming days and weeks, and this group of religious leaders wants Portland residents to stay peaceful as people take to the streets to protest.

“Today is a day to really declare to our city that the climate does not promote fear evil and terror and uncertainty, but Portland is going to be the place of prosperity and inclusion and hope and strength,” Pastor Mark Johnson said.

The group gathered in front of city hall to address the recent violent protests in the city, saying that while the community and nation is divided, people must come together again to heal.

"Whether you’re a Christian, a member of some other faith of or of no faith at all, this city is a safe and welcoming place for you,” Hales said. “No matter your religion, no matter your culture, no matter your ethnicity, no matter your political beliefs, this is a safe place, and we are bound and determined together to keep it just that.”

The diverse group of pastors is behind the annual International Praise festival that's held every year at Pioneer Courthouse Square.

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