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Protests were held in several cities Friday for a third night since Donald Trump was elected president, with marchers blocking major roadway in the Miami area and hundreds gathering in Atlanta, Boston, New York and other cities.
In Portland, Oregon, volunteers came out to clean up after some in a crowd of protesters damaged cars at a dealership and broke the windows of local businesses, NBC affiliate KGW reported.
Twenty-six people were arrested in Portland Thursday night in what police declared a “riot” that involved damage to cars and businesses and objects being thrown at police. Police said they used “less lethal munitions" like pepper spray and rubber baton rounds.
Portland Police Chief Mike Marshman urged peaceful protesters to stay away from demonstrations Friday night so authorities could more easily identify and arrest any troublemakers. Authorities blamed some of the damage Thursday on anarchists.
"It’s just criminal activity, it’s really is what it is," Marshman said while touring damage earlier Friday. "People hijacking a peaceful protest." A rally was held at City Hall Friday night and appeared peaceful.
There were no arrests immediately reported in the Miami demonstrations. The MacArthur Causeway which links Miami to Miami Beach was blocked and later cleared, and demonstrators entered a ramp onto Interstate 95, Miami police said. Marchers entered the northbound lanes of the freeway and the southbound lanes were also closed by police, NBC Miami reported.
A common slogan in protests nationwide has been "Not my president."
Between 500 to 600 people marched in Orlando Friday in peaceful protests, police said. In Atlanta, hundreds of protesters took to the streets for the third night in a row, WXIA in Atlanta reported. Police in that city were seen blocking a group chanting "This is what Democracy looks like" from entering an interstate.
Organizers said several thousand people gathered on Boston Common to publicly object to the election of Trump. The evening event was billed as a rally for love and peace rather than a protest.
Leslie Holmes, 65, a website developer from Wilton, Connecticut, took an hour-long train ride to join the demonstration.
"I don't want to live in a country where my friends aren't included, and my friends are fearful, and my children are going to grow up in a world that's frightening, and my granddaughters can look forward to being excluded from jobs and politics and fulfilling their potential, so I'm here for them," she told The Associated Press.
Trump has had conflicting messages about demonstrations. On Thursday night, a post on his official Twitter account said: "Just had a very open and successful presidential election. Now professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair!"
Friday morning, a Tweet on the same account read: "Love the fact that the small groups of protesters last night have passion for our great country. We will all come together and be proud!"
More protests and marches are planned for Saturday in cities that include Los Angeles, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Las Vegas and New York, among others.