Oregon police face off with anti-Trump protesters

Protestors hold signs during a march to "Count Every Vote, Protect Every Person" on the day after the US Presidential Election in Seattle, Washington on November 4, 2020. - Democratic presidential challenger Joe Biden on November 4 neared the magic number of 270 electoral votes needed to win the White House with several battleground states still in play, as incumbent President Donald Trump challenged the vote count. (Photo by Jason Redmond / AFP)

PORTLAND (AFP): Hundreds of state police and left-wing protesters were locked in a tense standoff in downtown Portland late Wednesday (Nov 5) after rampaging anti-Trump groups smashed shop windows a day after the election, prompting the state governor to activate the National Guard.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's office declared a riot and made at least nine arrests, citing "widespread violence" in the city's downtown area and repeatedly warning it could deploy munitions and tear gas.

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