Portland, Oregon, has quiet night after 100 days of protest

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A police officer searches a woman during the 100th consecutive day of demonstrations in Portland, Ore., on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020. The demonstrations, which began over the killing of George Floyd, have led to two deaths and frequent clashes between protesters and law enforcement. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland appeared to have a quiet night Sunday after 100 days of protest since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

There were no reports in local media of demonstrations downtown or in southeast Portland, where violent clashes with police took place late Saturday and early Sunday morning. 

On Saturday, hundreds of people gathered for rallies and marches.

Molotov cocktails thrown in the street during a march sparked a large fire and prompted police to declare a riot. Police confirmed that tear gas was deployed to defend themselves and said 59 people were arrested, ranging in age from 15 to 50. 

Demonstrations in Portland started in late May after the police killing of Floyd in Minneapolis. During the clashes, some have broken windows, set small fires and pelted police with rocks and other objects.

Earlier Saturday, hundreds of people gathered in a park just north of Portland in Vancouver, Washington, for a memorial service for Aaron “Jay” Danielson. Danielson, a supporter of a right-wing group called Patriot Prayer, was shot and killed Aug. 29 after a pro-Trump caravan cruised through downtown Portland. The suspected killer was fatally shot by police Thursday.

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