One Shot in Oregon Amid Nationwide Anti-Trump Protests

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -
California Highway Patrol officer block the ramps of 110 freeway to stop protesters from blocking the freeway during march and rally against the election of Republican Donald Trump as President of the United States in Los Angeles, California, U.S. November 12, 2016. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian
California Highway Patrol officers block the ramps of Freeway 110 to stop protesters from blocking the freeway during a march and rally against the election of Republican Donald Trump as president of the United States in Los Angeles, Nov. 12. (Reuters/Kevork Djansezian)

As protests of President-elect Donald Trump entered another day, police in Portland, Oregon say one person was shot by a man who had gotten into a confrontation with a demonstrator.

Portland police said the person who was shot was taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries that were not life-threatening. Police said they were looking for the shooter, who apparently fled in his vehicle after the attack early Saturday morning on a Willamette River bridge.

The shooting followed rowdy Friday night protests, when police used tear gas in response to “burning projectiles” thrown at officers, police said. Hundreds of people marched through the city, disrupting traffic and spray-painting graffiti.

Authorities reported instances of vandalism and assault during a rally that organizers had billed as peaceful earlier in the day.

In other parts of the country, spirited demonstrations on college campuses and peaceful marches along downtown streets have taken place since Wednesday.

A mainly peaceful protest by about 3,000 people ended in Los Angeles early Saturday with about 200 arrests for failure to disperse after police broke up the lingering demonstration.

Hundreds joined a Friday afternoon rally in Washington Square Park in Manhattan.

Evening marches disrupted traffic in Miami and Atlanta.

Trump supporter Nicolas Quirico was traveling from South Beach to Miami when his car was among hundreds stopped when protesters blocked Interstate 395.

“Trump will be our president. There is no way around that, and the sooner people grasp that, the better off we will be,” he said. “There is a difference between a peaceful protest and standing in a major highway backing up traffic for 5 miles. This is wrong.”

More than a thousand protesters took to the streets across California after night fell, including in downtown Los Angeles, where over 200 people were arrested a night earlier. In Bakersfield, where Trump is far more popular than in most of the state, some held signs reading “Anti-Trump, Pro-U.S.A.”

Protests were also held in Detroit; Minneapolis; Kansas City, Missouri; Olympia, Washington and Iowa City.

More than 200 people carrying signs gathered on the steps of the Washington State Capitol. The group chanted “not my president” and other anti- Trump slogans.

In Tennessee, Vanderbilt University students sang civil rights songs and marched through the campus across a Nashville street, temporarily blocking traffic.

Demonstrations also took place internationally. About 300 people protested Trump’s election as the next American president outside the U.S. embassy near the landmark Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.

President Barack Obama meets in Berlin next week with Chancellor Angela Merkel and several other European leaders.

Demonstrations also were held in Las Vegas, Los Angeles and other areas.

Previous demonstrations drew thousands of people in New York and other large urban centers. The largely peaceful demonstrations were overshadowed by sporadic episodes of vandalism, violence and street-blocking.