By Associated Press - Friday, January 20, 2017

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Thousands of demonstrators are expected to march in Portland Friday and Saturday as Donald Trump becomes the 45th president of the United States.

The TriMet regional mass transit agency says it is ready to suspend downtown service Friday afternoon if crowds are disruptive. Mayor Ted Wheeler says police will not permit protesters to block freeways or public transit lines.

Back in November, Portlanders were in the vanguard of protests following the election in which Trump defeated Hillary Clinton despite losing the popular vote.

Though most marchers remained peaceful, some blocked traffic, vandalized storefronts, sprayed graffiti and smashed car windows. More than 100 people were arrested during two weeks of demonstrations.

Charges were later dismissed against many who were accused of nonviolent crimes, such as refusing to disperse.

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