BEND, OR -- Protesters took to the streets of Bend, this weekend; although, the anti-Trump demonstrations were much calmer than what was seen in Portland. In Bend, hundreds gathered in Drake Park Saturday afternoon, before marching through downtown chanting, "Not my President," and, "A country divided will never be divided."
One protester tells KBND News it was important that she have her voice heard. "I feel it’s important to stand up against the hateful and discriminating things that have been said in this campaign. I am pro-woman, I am pro-immigrant, I am pro-Hispanic, I am pro-disabled and I am pro-room for everyone."
Some marchers held signs saying “Not my President” and “No war on migrants.” And, one simply advertised free hugs.
In Portland, city officials allowed demonstrators to express their First Amendment rights and voice opposition to Donald Trump as President. But, Mayor Charlie Hales called for an end to protests, over the weekend. "Don’t come participate in a protest in downtown Portland. It has been taken over by people who simply want to fight with the police." So-called anarchist groups have mixed with demonstrators causing vandalism; some have thrown objects at the police.
Thursday night's riot caused a million dollars in damage to businesses. Friday night, police arrested 17 in connection with demonstrations; then, 71 more were arrested Saturday night. Sunday protests were mostly peaceful.