Anti-Trump protest becomes a 'riot' in Portland overnight

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Associated Press

Another night of nationwide protests against Donald Trump's election came to a head in Portland, Oregon, where thousands marched and some smashed store windows, lit firecrackers and sparked a dumpster blaze.

From Wisconsin to Chicago to DC, thousands are marching the streets in response to Clinton’s defeat.

Police termed the protest a riot and used "less lethal munitions" to help clear the streets.

Some 4,000 protesters surged into the downtown area overnight with chants like "we reject the president-elect!"

Officers began physically pushing back against the crowd that at times threw objects at them as midnight approached, arresting several people and using flash-bang devices and types of smoke or tear gas to force people to disperse.

After several orders to leave, police said officers used "less lethal munitions," such as pepper spray and rubber projectiles. 

It wasn't immediately clear if anyone was hit.

Protesters march on their way to Waterfront Park in Portland on the third day of protests over the results of the 2016 US presidential election.

Source: Associated Press

Protest numbers continued to dwindle through the night and as the early morning hours wore on, police announced to remaining clusters of protesters to immediately disperse or be "subject to arrest and the use of riot-control agents."

Police said they made 26 arrests.

Around the country from New York to Chicago to California, in red states as well as blue, hundreds of demonstrators marched through streets, many for the third straight night though in somewhat smaller numbers.

Trump himself fired back late Thursday, tweeting: "Just had a very open and successful presidential election. Now professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair!"

As of Thursday, Democrat Hillary Clinton was leading Trump in votes nationwide 47.7 percent to 47.5 percent, but Trump secured victory in the Electoral College.

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