PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - President Donald Trump tweeted that “Portland is being watched very closely” on a day of expected demonstrations in downtown.
Police and city leaders have been preparing for Saturday’s rallies and protests for weeks.
Opposing groups are expected to gather between Southwest Salmon Street and Morrison Street at Waterfront Park.
Officials closed the Hawthorne Bridge early Saturday morning and preemptively shut down some downtown roads. The Portland Bureau of Transportation set up concrete barriers along the waterfront in an effort to keep opposing groups apart.
Portland police said they have called in assistance from other local, state and federal agencies in case the demonstrations lead to violence.
Trump singled out Antifa in his tweet Saturday morning and said, “Hopefully the mayor will be able to properly do his job!”
Mayor Ted Wheeler has been outspoken in the weeks leading up to Saturday, saying anyone planning to incite violence is not welcome.
Multiple business owners told FOX 12 they planned to stay closed Saturday or open late due to the demonstrations.
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