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A protest in Portland, Oregon, against President-elect Donald Trump boiled over into what police described as a “riot” overnight Thursday after some demonstrators armed with bats smashed stores and cars, and others lit fires.

Police arrested 26 people and responded with pepper spray and rubber bullets, labeling the 1,500-strong demonstration an “unlawful assembly” and a “riot” — a class-C felony.

According to Portland police, many in the crowd were trying to stop those responsible from vandalizing property and spray-painting messages such as “Dump Trump” and “F— Trump.”

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Image: Police detain a demonstrator during a protest in Portland, OregonPolice detain a demonstrator during an anti-Trump protest in Portland, Oregon, on Thursday. STEVE DIPAOLA / Reuters

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