Portland police wore riot gear at a protest in downtown Portland on Saturday evening.
Portland police wore riot gear at a protest in downtown Portland on Saturday evening. blair Stenvick

As Portland protests against police violence continue Monday afternoon, the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) has closed a large swath of downtown Portland to people and vehicles:

According to reporting from KOIN, the closure came in response to protestors beginning to gather in the area.

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As of 4 pm Monday, PPB was telling protestors to move to the downtown waterfront. It appears at least some protestors have complied with the orders.

The closure of part of downtown Portland comes after a weekend filled with large protests—largely peaceful, with some looting and property destruction—and a heavy police response that included flashbang grenades and pepper balls.

Protests are expected to continue Monday evening, as an 8 pm curfew from Mayor Ted Wheeler extends to a third night. The Mercury has asked PPB for more information about why blocks of downtown Portland have been closed, and we will update this post if we hear back.

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