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Million Mask March: Protesters march through downtown PDX on Nov. 5

Million Mask March in downtown Portland on November 5, 2017 - Photo from KATU's Lashay Wesley

PORTLAND, Ore. – Protesters are set to take to the streets of downtown Portland on Sunday evening as part of the Million Mask March, an annual protest held on November 5 that typically holds an anti-establishment theme.

Locally, protesters were expected to gather at 5 p.m. at Salmon Street Fountain on Portland’s waterfront.

Our reporters said a small group of roughly a dozen people initially showed up, but after a brief march through downtown they joined up with another group for a brief rally at Jamison Square.

The group then continued south again back toward Tom McCall Waterfront Park, where much of the group dispersed.

Some of the members remained in the park, along with some Portland Police officers on bicycles.

Each year, protesters donning Guy Fawkes masks and march en-masse in cities across the globe, typically in support of civil liberties and against things like political corruption and police violence. The march is held on Guy Fawkes Night, which commemorates the failed “gunpowder plot” - an attempt to blow up the English Parliament on Nov. 5, 1605.

Last year's Million Mask March in Portland ended with six arrests. It was seen as the first in a series of protests that followed President Trump's election on November 8.

The 2017 #MillionMaskMarch comes a day after the group Refuse Fascism PDX organized a rally in downtown Portland. It was part of a nationwide Antifa event calling for an end to the Trump administration. The event was peaceful and Portland Police noted that there were no reports of arrests, violence or property damage.

Bureau officials said they are "aware of protest events scheduled" and will have "appropriate resources" available should they be needed.

We’ll have updates on the march as our reporters follow along with the events as they unfold.

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