Police detain protesters on Portland bridge

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police have begun detaining protesters who sat down on a Portland bridge in the kickoff to a morning of demonstrations called by the Occupy Portland movement.

About two dozen protesters sat down Thursday morning in front of a police line at the approach to the Steel Bridge, an important mass transit link in the region. One by one, police led them away, in flexible cuffs and without resistance. Dozens more protesters chanted behind them.

On parallel lanes of the bridge, light rail trains continued carrying commuters to work. In preparation for the morning’s protests, police had closed the bridge to pedestrians, bicycles and commuter vehicles.