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Trump presidency: Protests turn violent in Portland, Oregon
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A second night of protests in the US against President-elect Donald Trump has turned violent in Portland, Oregon.

Several thousand demonstrators gathered in the centre of the western city. Some smashed shop and car windows, threw firecrackers and set rubbish alight.

Police declared a riot and arrested 29 people. Protests in other US cities were smaller than on Wednesday.

Mr Trump earlier said in a tweet the demonstrations were unfair and had been incited by the media.

The protesters, mainly young people, say a Trump presidency would create deep divisions along racial and gender lines.

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Police in Portland accused some demonstrators of carrying bats and arming themselves with rocks. Objects were thrown at the police, who responded with pepper spray and rubber baton rounds.

The state of Oregon voted 51-41% in favour of Democrat Hillary Clinton in Tuesday’s election.

Mr Trump criticised the protesters after his meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House.

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Senior Trump adviser and former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani called protesters on college campuses “a bunch of spoiled cry-babies” on Fox News.

Mr Giuliani, who has been mentioned as Mr Trump’s possible attorney general, was responding to the suggestion that students suffering anxiety over the election result were being offered therapy.

There were no reports of violence at the other protests, although demonstrators in Minneapolis briefly blocked an interstate highway in both directions.

In Philadelphia crowds gathered near City Hall holding placards bearing slogans such as “Not Our President”, “Trans Against Trump” and “Make America Safe For All”.

In Baltimore, police said a peaceful crowd of 600 people marched through the city, blocking traffic. In San Francisco high school students waved rainbow banners and Mexican flags.

A small crowd also gathered outside Trump Tower in Chicago, a day after thousands marched through the city centre. Some passers-by cheered them but at least one driver shouted that they should “shut up and accept democracy”, the Associated Press news agency reported.

Protesters also returned to Trump Tower in New York for a second night.

 

Scuffles also broke out in Oakland, California

                              Scuffles also broke out in Oakland, California

 

Police accused some Oregon protesters of arming themselves with bats

          Police accused some Oregon protesters of arming themselves with bats   

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