Occupy Portland on downtown streets again

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Occupy Portland demonstrators took to the downtown streets again on Wednesday, pushing through lines of police and chanting in front of businesses.

There were no immediate reports of arrests or violent clashes. The protesters said the march was aimed at the nonviolent disruption of businesses.

The crowd numbered about 500 and appeared to be no more than a third the size of a similar rally in November.

Twice police gave way as protesters pushed through their lines in the streets.

The march followed the trashing overnight of a southeast Portland bank by vandals who tossed rocks at glass windows and doors. A communique taking responsibility challenged the Occupy protesters to take violent action.