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Friday night march in Portland marked one year since first George Floyd protest

The downtown Portland march commemorated one year since protests in Portland began in the wake of Floyd's murder.
Credit: KGW
FILE - May 29, 2020: Protesters march through the streets of Portland in response to George Floyd's death

PORTLAND, Ore. — Friday night, anti-police activists gathered at Terry Schrunk Plaza downtown to commemorate the one year anniversary of Portland protests in the wake of George Floyd's death.

Sometime after 9 p.m., people marched from the plaza to the nearby Justice Center. 

Independent journalist Suzette Smith posted on Twitter around 10:30 p.m. that people were chanting while throwing eggs at the Justice Center entrance.

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Independent journalists marching with the group estimated the crowd to be between 50-70 people.

At 10:53 p.m. PPB could be heard on a loud speaker asking the group to leave the downtown area of Southwest Main Street and Southwest Broadway Avenue where people were walking in the streets. 

During the event, police said someone was chased and assaulted near Southwest 5th Avenue and Morrison Street, but they declined to release that person's name. Police said that person was taken away by ambulance. 

The Portland Tribune and Willamette Week reported that demonstrators had chased and assaulted a man they believed to be conservative writer Andy Ngo, whose coverage of past demonstrations is considered by many to be biased. 

PPB said they made one arrest. Sean G. Lopez, 26, was arrested during the event on charges of first-degree burglary, riot and unlawful use of a weapon, among other crimes. Police said those charges were unrelated to Friday night's event. 

At least two other arrests were made by other agencies, PPB said, but information about those arrests was not available. 

"We didn’t see large-scale criminal activity beyond blocking some streets," a police spokesman told KGW.

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