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Portland police arrest 9 and clear parks by federal court

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police arrested nine people early Thursday as they cleared protesters from two downtown Portland, Oregon, parks.

The Portland Police Bureau said that they ordered people to leave Chapman Square and Lownsdale Square parks, which are near the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse that has been the target of recent demonstrations. Demonstrators had been occupying the park and authorities said they were closed until further notice.

Nearly two months of nightly protests in Oregon's largest city following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis have often devolved into violent clashes with police.

Small groups of protesters have set fires, launched fireworks and sprayed graffiti on public buildings, including police precincts and the federal courthouse.

FILE - In this July 8, 2020, file photo, a worker washes graffiti off the sidewalk in front of the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse in downtown Portland, Ore., as two agents with the U.S. Marshals Service emerge from the boarded-up main entrance to examine the damage. Oregon's largest city is in crisis as violent protests have wracked downtown for weeks. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus, File)