PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN/AP) — Smoke bombs, Molotov cocktails, and other items were thrown at police Monday afternoon in Portland, Oregon during May Day protests which police said turned into a riot.
Portland police said officers had arrested three people near Pioneer Square after a protest permit had been canceled “due to actions of anarchists.” Police say anarchists destroyed a police car, set several fires in the street, damaged windows and attacked police.
All participants were encouraged by police to leave or risk arrest.
In Portland, several dozen people dressed entirely in black and wearing black bandanas and ski masks on their faces stood around the fringes of the Monday gathering at Shemanski Park holding signs that read “Radicals for Science!” and “No cuts! Tax the rich!” as police officers looked on.
No injuries were immediately reported.
Portland and Salem were among dozens of U.S. cities holding rallies and marches on May Day to protest the treatment of workers and President Donald Trump’s efforts to deport undocumented immigrants.
Also at Shemanski Park, participants at around 3 p.m. began marching and chanted, “hey hey, ho ho, deportations have got to go,” as they moved through downtown streets.
Although marchers stayed on the planned route, TriMet said service was affected.