Violence erupts in Oregon, as protesters chant ‘We want Trump out of office’

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Hundreds of and left-wing protesters were locked in a tense standoff in downtown Portland Wednesday after rampaging anti-Trump groups smashed shop windows a day after the , prompting the governor activate the National Guard.

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s office declared a riot and made at least nine arrests, citing “widespread violence” in the city’s downtown area and repeatedly warning it could deploy munitions and tear gas. Armed advanced demonstrators in unison but there were no clashes, according an AFP reporter at the scene.

The protesters had earlier attended a peaceful rally in a downtown park hosted by a coalition of far-left, anti-capitalist groups featuring lectures and music. “The mass gathering in downtown Portland is still declared a riot. Leave the area now,” the sheriff’s office posted Twitter just before 8:30 pm ( 0430 GMT). It earlier said officers were being targeted with projectiles, such as glass bottles.

“In the interest of public safety, Governor Kate Brown, advice of the Unified Command, has activated the use of the Oregon National Guard assist local law enforcement,” it said. Portland has been the scene of months of clashes between and protesters, angered at the repeated killings of Black Americans by law enforcement officers across the country. Protesters who had gathered by Portland’s river vowed “protect the results” of Tuesday’s close-run and held banners proclaiming “Count Every Vote” and “The Vote is Over.

The Fight Goes .” “We want Trump out of office, ’s the main focus,” one told the crowd, to loud cheers. But several of the demonstrators were openly carrying firearms, including rifles, and one anti-racism and anti-imperialism banner showed an image of an assault rifle, with the slogan “We Don’t Want . We Want Revenge.”