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Demonstrations continue in Portland, vigil in Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s honor

Saturday night's demonstrations began with a candlelight vigil for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Credit: Richard Gordon

PORTLAND, Ore. — Protestors marched on Saturday from the South Park blocks in a Direct Action March. Before the march, however, demonstrators held a candlelight vigil for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg following the news Friday of her death.

Demonstrators met at 7 p.m. and began marching at 8 p.m.

At around 9:13 p.m. reporter Cory Elia with Village Portland, said the crowd marched to the Gus J. Solomon United States Courthouse.

At around 9:30 protesters began to march toward the Multnomah County Justice Center.

Soon after, the crowd arrived outside the Multnomah County Justice Center, a place where many protests have taken place since the beginning of the demonstrations in Portland.

The protesters did not linger at the Justice Center for too long before marching west. As of 10:45 p.m., the crowd's destination was unknown.

The crowd stopped at City Hall and graffitied a wooden plank covering a door or window to say, "Judgement day, 1/7/81 ≅ 19/9/20".

On Friday night, 11 people were arrested following an unlawful assembly after protesters marched to the ICE building in Portland.

Protesters had most recently gathered last week, before the smoke from Oregon’s wildfires settled over the city.

Prior to that, there were more than 100 consecutive nights of demonstrations since the police killing of George Floyd. Police knelt on Floyd’s neck for nearly 8 minutes while he communicated that he could not breathe.

The protests in Portland have been not only part of the Black Lives Matter movement but also called for the total abolition of prisons and the Portland Police Bureau. Violent clashes between protesters and police have erupted on many nights late into the evening.