Hundreds of protesters are flowing through the streets of downtown Portland this evening, expressing their dismay over the election of Donald Trump as president. The Portland Police say I-5 was closed between the Fremont Marquam Bridges, but has reopened.
Protesters began on the west side of town at Pioneer Courthouse Square, marched across the Morrison Bridge and onto I-5.
The crowd was diverse – by age and ethnicity. Protesters chanted as they approached and later crossed the Morrison Bridge to the east side.
They were peaceful but many were angry. Bernie Sanders supporter Mana Phommathep held a sign that read “Could’ve Been Bernie.”
“Short story, I mean - DNC Leaks. Wiki leaks,” Phommathep said. “That speaks for itself. Imagine Bernie.”
Fellow Sanders supporter Kate Sherman added, “[Sanders] consistently polled ahead of Trump – in double digits, while Hillary was always nearly neck-and-neck or sometimes down.”
Sherman said the Democratic National Committee favored Hillary Clinton over Sanders, and now party leaders have to “eat crow” in Sherman’s words.
The Associated Press reported the Portland anti-Trump protest drew a handful of opponents:
Earlier the protest in downtown drew several Trump supporters, who taunted the demonstrators with signs. At one point, a lone Trump supporter was chased across Pioneer Courthouse Square and hit in the back with a skateboard before others intervened.