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Several dozen students from various high schools in the Portland, Ore., metropolitan area gather in the city's downtown Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, to protest the election of Donald Trump. The protests were peaceful and students said that they felt compelled to demonstrate against Trump because they were not old enough to vote. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)

Police used tear gas and flash bangs on protesters in downtown Portland


Police officers in riot gear deployed tear gas and multiple flash bangs at protesters in downtown Portland Friday after a once-peaceful protest got rowdy.

This comes a day after violent, anarchist protests left more than $1 million in damages at local businesses.

The protest started peacefully at City Hall around 5 p.m. but grew both in size and unruliness within a couple of hours.

Police told thousands of protesters to march along a designated route along SW 4th Avenue -- many didn't follow those directions and instead marched around the city and then returned to SW 6th and Stark, where they were met with police in riot gear.

Officers used a loudspeaker to tell protesters their gathering is unlawful, as they've participated in "vandalism and assault." The situation escalated around 9:30 p.m. when officers threw multiple flash bangs in an attempt to clear the crowd.

Police say protesters threw flaming projectiles back at officers, and that's when police used tear gas. Much of the crowd cleared out at that point, but many banded together and started marching northbound on SW 4th Avenue, where they were met with police officers in riot gear.

Projectiles were still being thrown at officers after 11 p.m. At least two people have been taken into custody.

(KATU contributed to this story)

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