Police in Portland, Or., used pepper spray and rubber projectiles against protesters early today after anti-Donald Trump demonstrations erupted in several big cities and on college campuses across the U.S., USA Today reports.
Police ordered protesters who gathered in Portland for a third night to disperse after a peaceful demonstration turned into what they called a riot, citing “extensive criminal and dangerous behavior.” At least 26 people were arrested. About 4,000 protesters assembled downtown last night, chanting “we reject the president-elect!” the Associated Press reported.
The protest was mostly peaceful until demonstrators met with an anarchist group, after which protesters vandalized buildings, kicked cars and knocked out power. Police said the crowd, which contained many people armed with bats, threw projectiles at officers. Trump himself tweeted today, “Love the fact that the small groups of protesters last night have passion for our great country. We will all come together and be proud!” It was a change of tone for Trump, who complained last night about “professional protesters, incited by the media … Very unfair!” Demonstrations also took place in Columbus, Madison and Milwaukee, Wi., and Minneapolis last night.