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Peaceful night in Portland with multiple demonstrations across the city

Small groups held rallies throughout the city. There was no engagement with law enforcement.
Credit: Richard Gordon
Demonstrators march around Jamison Square Park on August 13, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore. — Demonstrators hosted a sit-in and march on Thursday night in Portland at Jamison Square.

According to a post on social media, demonstrators marched and returned back to Jamison Square where they gathered until 1 a.m.

A small group of people gathered around the Justice Center on Wednesday night in downtown.

Black Unity PDX held a rally at Peninsula Park in North Portland focused on mental health in the Black community earlier in the evening. The group wanted to bring to light the emotional toll that 10 weeks of protesting can have on Black people.

The message was to take time for yourself and love yourself, so you can love others too.

Portland police said they didn't interact with any of the gatherings.

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On Wednesday, law enforcement declared a riot after police say a group of people threw mortars, fist-sized rocks, bottles and cans of paint, injuring some officers.

One officer suffered a severe hand injury and several officers suffered minor injuries, police said, which is what led them to declare a riot shortly before midnight.

Police say they used tear gas and other crowd munitions to clear the crowd, and made two arrests.