As the sun set, candles held by protesters lit up the night at a protest at the Capitol on Monday, June 1. (Kate McMahon/Salem Reporter)

Salem officials have prepared for what is expected to be a large protest Saturday by announcing downtown street closures.

The demonstration is scheduled to start at noon Saturday at the Capitol, the scene of daily protests for a week. A march through downtown is part of the protest.

At 11 a.m., Northeast Court Street, which runs in front of the Capitol, would be closed between 12th and Cottage Streets, the city said.

At 1 p.m., several key downtown streets will be closed for an estimated two hours. They include:

Northeast Liberty Street from Court to Center Streets

Northeast Center Street from Liberty to Summer Streets

Northeast Winter Street from Marion to Court Streets

Northeast High Street from Marion to State Streets

Northeast Church Street from Ferry to Marion Streets

Northeast Chemeketa from Liberty to Winter Streets

Northeast Cottage Street from Marion to State Streets

According to the city, protesters will march at 1:30 p.m. from the Capitol on a route that takes them downtown on Court Street, north on Liberty Street to Center Street and then east on Center to the Capitol grounds.

Weather for Saturday looks damp. The latest forecast from the National Weather Service for Salem: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 11 a.m. with wind 7 to 10 mph. "Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and a half of an inch possible," the weather service said.

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