PORTLAND, Ore. -- Two local protest rallies, part of the "national day of action" against the North Dakota Pipeline, were held Tuesday afternoon in downtown Portland and the Lloyd District.
The North Dakota pipeline's proposed route has inspired protests from hundreds of Native American tribes, environmentalists and others calling themselves water protectors. Since August, they have descended upon Standing Rock, North Dakota near the pipeline's proposed site to stand in solidarity against the oil pipeline's construction.
In wake of the recent violent anti-Trump protests in Portland, TriMet said riders should expect delays in case the protest turned into a march on the streets.
However, pipeline protesters marched to Waterfront Park, where they held a peaceful rally.
"I'm here to stand in solidarity with our indigenous people who survived genocide and assimilation and they're still here, and we're saying they have rights to the land and rights to clean water," said protester Stephanie Smith.
The rally lasted for almost two hours, ending shortly before 6 p.m.
"To see this much solidarity in my hometown gives me hope," said protester Jason Umtuch. "That those people are there doing the right thing because they're not alone."