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Protesters gather around a destroyed Seattle police vehicle Saturday, May 30, 2020, in downtown Seattle. Protests continue across the country over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (Amanda Snyder/The Seattle Times via AP)
May 30, 2020 - 11:25 PM

SEATTLE - The Latest on protests in the Northwest sparked by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis (all times local):

11:23 p.m.

Portland police say officers have arrested at least 31 people during demonstrations Saturday evening against the killing of George Floyd. Police released no further information about who was arrested or the reasons for the arrests.

Police were still trying move people out of the streets just before 10 p.m., nearly two hours after the mayor's imposed 8 p.m. curfew. News footage showed police in vehicles over loudspeakers telling people to go home or be arrested and in the streets throwing flash bangs and yelling at people to go home.

8:27 p.m.

Portland police have labeled a demonstration an unlawful assembly after people moved through the Northwest part of the city tagging buildings with George Floyd’s name and slurs against police.

On Twitter and by bullhorn, police warned people of the 8 p.m. curfew Saturday, telling them to go home. They also said they had arrested one person but didn't give details.

By about 7 p.m. the crowd appeared to reach at least a thousand people and were marching, according to The Oregonian/OregonLive.

After 8 p.m., police began tossing flash bangs to disperse crowds.

7:45 p.m.

Seattle police fired tear gas and flash bangs to try to disperse black-clad looters who smashed downtown businesses fronts, stole merchandise and tossed mannequins onto the street.

Dozens of people remained on city streets in defiance of a 5 p.m. Saturday curfew enacted by Mayor Jenny Durkan following unrest that included fires and demonstrators marching onto Interstate 5.

“These criminal acts will not be allowed to continue,” Durkan said at a news conference.

News footage showed at least one destroyed police cruiser and other vehicle blazes. There have been arrests but no specific numbers were immediately available.

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6:35 p.m.

City officials in Eugene, Oregon, enacted a 9 p.m. Saturday curfew in part of the city following destructive protests over the George Floyd killing Friday.

Seattle and Portland, Oregon, also issued Saturday night curfews due to unrest.

Eugene is home to the University of Oregon.

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5:49 p.m.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Saturday evening activated up to 200 members of the National Guard to respond to violent protests in downtown Seattle that forced the closure of Interstate 5 and the imposition of a citywide curfew.

Inslee said the guard personnel will be unarmed and be directed by Seattle officials, who requested the help to protect property and manage crowds who had gathered in response to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

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4:55 p.m.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced a 5 p.m. curfew for Saturday following rowdy protests that spilled onto Interstate 5, forcing the freeway’s closure through the central part of the Northwest’s largest city.

Thousands of people gathered in downtown and a largely peaceful early afternoon rally turned rowdier, with police pepper spraying demonstrators and deploying flash bands. Police said arrests were made but an exact figure wasn’t available.

Portland's mayor declared an 8 p.m. PDT curfew for Saturday after that city saw fiery protests Friday night.

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4:50 p..m.

The Washington State Patrol closed both directions of Interstate 5 through downtown Seattle as a protest over the killing of George Floyd spilled onto the freeway Saturday afternoon.

"The freeway is not a safe or appropriate place for demonstration,” state patrol Chief John Batiste said in a statement.

Thousands of people gathered in downtown and a largely peaceful early afternoon rally turned rowdier, with police pepper spraying demonstrators and deploying flash bands. Police said arrests were made but an exact figure wasn’t available.

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3:36 p.m.

Thousands of people gathered in downtown Seattle to protest the killing of George Floyd and a largely peaceful gathering turned rowdier Saturday afternoon.

Police deployed flash bangs and pepper sprayed some demonstrators who got close to police lines. Police on bicycles pushed back several protesters.

A police spokeswoman, Sgt. Lauren Truscott, said some people were arrested though she didn’t have an exact figure.

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