Police make 13 arrests at #NotMyPresidentsDay protest in Portland

Protesters and police officers clashed in downtown Portland during a #NotMyPresidentsDay protest late Monday morning.

Police arrested 13 of the demonstrators.

Dozens of protesters showed up around 11 a.m. for a rally in front of the Edith Green – Wendell Wyatt Federal Building. The event was partly put on by the group Don't Shoot PDX.

Some members in the group were wearing gas masks and covering their faces with ski masks. The group didn't get a permit for their march, so they were met with Portland Police officers in riot gear.

Nearly 20 minutes after the rally started, protesters attempted to block traffic on SW 3rd Avenue. Officers on bicycles moved some members of the group onto the sidewalk as police made multiple announcements, saying protesters who were blocking traffic were subject to arrest.

Police took several people into custody, including a woman with a bloodied nose who appeared to be in her 60s. At one point, officers went onto the sidewalk to detain more members of the group.

Protesters then started to march toward Director Park to join another organized protest and march scheduled for about noon.

There was another confrontation between police and protesters near the intersection of 6th and Salmon where more people were detained. At least one woman was shot with non-lethal projectiles and taken into custody.

Police say a total of 13 people were arrested at the protest. Seven of them were charged and processed at the Multnomah County Jail. Six of the people arrested were underage and received traffic citations.

“I think they just tried to attack me at the Federal Building, and they are attacking other people who are here,” said Don’t Shoot PDX spokesperson Teressa Raiford. “They are trying to violate our rights. We haven’t done anything considered violent or riotous, but they have riot gear out here.”

The group then joined the pre-planned, permitted march put on by the AFL-CIO at about 12:30 p.m. They marched for about an hour without incident.

KATU News reached out to the Oregon Republican Party for a statement on the protests, here's a response from party spokesperson Kevin Hoar:

Brought to you by the same people who held a Women's March that wasn't about Women, who held peaceful protests against a non-existent Muslim Ban that led to counter protesters getting assaulted, and who rioted and did millions in property damage to throw a fit over a legitimate election result they didn't like – more of the same. Even if the Alt Left and the Democrat Public Officials helping and supporting them never get tired of it, regular Oregonians are. The nation has problems to solve, many of which aren't getting solved right here in Oregon.” – Kevin Hoar, Oregon Republican Party Spokesman

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