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Hundreds march in annual May Day downtown rally

by: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: MARK GARBER - About 2,000 people marched through downtown Portland Wednesday in the annual May Day rally. The marchers started at about 3 p.m. at O'Bryant Square, wound through the city and ended back at the square.More than 2,000 people marched through downtown Portland Wednesday afternoon, marking May Day with banners that supported immigrant rights and labor issues.

The permitted march began at about 3 p.m. at O’Bryant Square at Southwest Ninth Avenue and Stark Street wound through the city along Burnside Street, Second Avenue, Madison Street, Fourth Avenue, Columbia Street and back to the square.

A second march, which Portland police said did not have a permit, started at Terry Schrunk Plaza and continued to Pioneer Courthouse Square.

At the same time, people rallied at the State Capital in Salem to support immigration reforms and other issues. Gov. John Kitzhaber signed a bill at the capitol rally providing driver’s licenses to undocumented people who were in Oregon.

In the past few years, annual May Day rallies have turned violent, with dozens of arrests.

KOIN Local 6 contributed to this news story.