71 people arrested after violent anti-Trump protests in Portland
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Police arrested 71 people Saturday night in what was the fifth night of protesting in Downtown Portland since Republican Donald Trump won the election.
Portland Police say protesters failed to obey numerous orders to disperse, and threw flaming projectiles, road flares and bottles at police, authorities said. One photo shared by police shows spray-painted graffiti on a police vehicle.
Those arrested face various charges from disorderly conduct, criminal trespass and interfering with a police officer.
67 people were booked into the Multnomah County Jail and 5 people were given criminal citations, police said. Arrested protesters were also issued traffic citations for failing to obey the officers' commands to disperse. Police transported the arrested individuals to Portland's Central Precinct via a TriMet bus.
Arrested protesters ranged from 18 years of age to 54.
The protests started Tuesday night, when hundreds of peaceful demonstrators walked onto Interstate 5 and blocked traffic overnight and the following night.
By Thursday, there were upwards of 4,000 people involved in the protest, which turned violent as the demonstrators approached the Broadway Bridge.
In Seattle, multiple protests have occurred, though all have remained peaceful. Earlier Saturday night, a handful of protesters marched through Seattle Center. Many Seattle high schools students say they plan to protest Trump's election victory by walking out of class Monday afternoon.
Nearly 10,000 protesters took to the streets Los Angeles Saturday morning, prompting a large police response and serious traffic jams.
Large protests were also mounted in New York, Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis, Kansas City, Missouri, and other major cities. Demonstrations on college campuses and peaceful marches along downtown streets have taken place since Wednesday.