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Unsure of the results in the race for U.S. president, protesters gathered for a largely peaceful march in Southeast Portland.

PMG PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Protesters marched on Election Night, Nov. 3, in Southeast Portland. After hours of marching across southeast city streets, Portland protesters ended up right where they started — at the spray-painted doors of Revolution Hall — on Election Night, Nov. 3.

An organizer perched on the back of a pickup truck sang Leonard Cohen's seminal hit, "Hallelujah."

"Love is not a victory march," he sang with emotion, to a crowd of hundreds. Many discussed the still unfinalized results of the national presidential election as the event wound down around 11 p.m.

"I f-----g hate Biden," one man exclaimed, referring to the Democratic challenger and former vice president.

It's been 158 days since a crowd of thousands stormed the entry of the downtown county jail and briefly set it alight, sparking near-continual protests of a sort never before recorded in Portland's history.

The Nov. 3 rally was planned in advance, regardless of who won the presidential election, by local activists, including those with the PNW Youth Liberation Front, PopMob, Direct Action Alliance, Rural Organizing Project, Rose City Antifa and Portland Democratic Socialists of America.

Unlike previous "direct actions" where live streaming was forbidden by organizers, no arrests were announced and police did not report instances of broken windows.

Gov. Kate Brown has created a unified command that deployed sheriff's deputies and state troopers in Portland for the election, though they and other local officers appeared to absent during the march in the streets.

Social media reports indicated a small gathering outside the Multnomah County Justice Center occurred as well, where protesters lit a fire near the ruins where an elk statue once stood.

PMG PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Protesters marched through Southeast Portland on Tuesday, Nov. 3.


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