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The Latest: 'Long and arduous' protests in Portland, Oregon

Updated: August 17, 2019 10:41 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The Latest on a right-wing rally and counter protests in Portland, Oregon (all times local):

6:58 p.m.

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p>More than a dozen people were arrested for things like disorderly conduct and unlawful use of a weapon in Portland, Oregon, during what the police chief described as a "long and arduous day" of competing protests.

Police Chief Danielle Outlaw said at least 13 people were arrested and there were six minor injuries. The rally was organized by the right-wing group the Proud Boys. They were met by black-clad antifa protesters.

Outlaw said authorities were able to largely keep the groups separated.

Mayor Ted Wheeler said at an evening news conference that "this was a dynamic event with demonstrators frequently moving from one part of the city to another."

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4:41 p.m.

A demonstration in downtown Portland, Oregon, was declared a "civil disturbance," and police told people to leave the area immediately.

Dozens of people remained around Pioneer Courthouse Square Saturday following a much larger rally by right-wing groups and antifascist counterprotesters.

By late afternoon, many of the right-wing groups had left. Black-clad antifascists remained, and there were several skirmishes.

Police said at least 13 people had been arrested.

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3:39 p.m.

Police in Portland, Oregon, arrested at least 13 people during demonstrations by right-wing groups and antifascist counterprotesters that have continued for hours.

Police spokeswoman Lt. Tina Jones said at least one person was taken to a hospital Saturday and three others evaluated by medics. She said all the injuries were minor.

The demonstrators were met by a huge police presence of more than two dozen local, state and federal agencies. Police used concrete barriers and closed bridges to try to keep the rival groups separated.

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2:45 p.m.

At least four people have been arrested in Portland, Oregon, during demonstrations by right-wing groups and anti-fascist counterprotesters.

Police Lt. Tina Jones said Saturday afternoon that hundreds of demonstrators have gathered in and around downtown for hours. Jones said at least one individual was transported by ambulance after being hurt.

The demonstrators were met by a huge police presence of more than two dozen local, state and federal agencies. Police used concrete barriers and closed bridges to try to keep the rival groups separated.

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1:35 p.m.

Police in Portland, Oregon, arrested at least three people during demonstrations by right-wing groups and counterprotesters.

Authorities didn''t immediately release details of the arrests Saturday.

Hundreds of flag-waving members of the Proud Boys and Three Percenters militia group, as well as black-clad anti-fascist counterprotesters, gathered downtown Saturday.

They were met by a huge police presence of more than two dozen local, state and federal agencies. Police used concrete barriers and closed bridges to keep the rival groups separated.

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11:25 a.m.

Police in Portland, Oregon, say they''ve seized weapons such as metal and wooden poles, bear spray and shields from multiple groups at a right-wing rally and counterprotest in the city.

Flag-waving members of the Proud Boys and Three Percenters militia group began gathering late Saturday morning. Some wore body armor and helmets. Meanwhile black clad, helmet and face-mask wearing anti-fascist protesters also were among the hundreds on the streets.

More than two dozen local, state and federal law enforcement agencies are in the city for the Saturday morning rally. Police used concrete barriers and closed bridges to keep the rival groups separated.

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10:44 a.m.

Right-wing groups and counterprotesters gathered in downtown Portland, Oregon, and authorities set up concrete barriers and closed streets in an effort to contain the two groups.

Flag-waving members of the Proud Boys and Three Percenters militia group began gathering late Saturday morning. Some wore body armor and helmets. Meanwhile black clad, helmet and face-mask wearing anti-fascist protesters also were on the streets.

Also on hand among the hundreds gathering were people who attended a nearby prayer service, holding signs that said things like "No Trump, No NRA."

The right-wing rally is organized by Proud Boys, who are designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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8:50 a.m.

President Donald Trump says "Portland is being watched very closely" as the Northwest city braces for a right-wing rally that''s expected to draw demonstrators from around the U.S. as well as counterprotesters.

More than two dozen local, state and federal law enforcement agencies are in the liberal city for the late Saturday morning rally. Self-described anti-fascists have vowed to confront the right-wing groups.

In a Saturday morning tweet Trump wrote: "Major consideration is being given to naming ANTIFA an ''ORGANIZATION OF TERROR.''"

Trump said he hoped Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler "will be able to properly do his job!"

Wheeler has said any groups preaching hate or engaging in violence are not welcome in the city.

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9:01 p.m.

More than two dozen local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, are in Portland, Oregon, to help police with a right-wing rally Saturday that''s expected to draw demonstrators from around the U.S.

Self-described anti-fascists have vowed to confront the rally.

Authorities have arrested six members of right-wing groups, including the leader of Patriot Prayer, in the run-up to the event on charges related to past protests.

The rally is organized by Proud Boys, who are designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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