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Presidents Day ignites flames of protest in U. S.


Crowds are a fraction of those seen at Trump’s Jan. 20 inauguration, but emotions still run high.
Thousands of demonstrators turned out Monday across the U. S. to challenge Donald Trump in a Presidents Day protest called “Not My President’s Day.”
The events on the federal holiday didn’t draw nearly as many people as the million-plus who thronged the streets following the Republican president’s inauguration a month earlier, but the message was similar.
Thousands of flag-waving protesters lined up outside Central Park in Manhattan. Many in the crowd chanted “No ban, no wall. The Trump regime has got to fall.” They held signs saying “Uphold the Constitution Now” and “Impeach the Liar.”
In Chicago, several hundred rallied across the river from the Trump Tower, shouting, “Hey, hey, ho, Donald Trump has got to go!”
Rebecca Wolfram of Chicago, who’s in her 60s, said concerns about climate change and immigrant rights under Trump prompted her to start attending rallies.
“I’m trying to demonstrate as much as possible until I figure out what else to do,” said Wolfram, who held a sign that said “Old white ladies are really displeased.”
Several hundred demonstrated in Washington, D. C. Dozens gathered around the fountain in Dupont Circle chanting “Dump Trump” and “Love, not hate: That’s what makes America great.”
Dozens marched through midtown Atlanta for a rally named with a Georgia flavor: “ImPEACH NOW! (Not My) President’s Day March.”
Hundreds of protesters chanting “This is what democracy looks like” marched through Salt Lake City.
The crowd marched to push back against Trump and his stance on such issues as the environment, immigration, free speech and Russia, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.
A small group of protesters faced off with police in downtown Portland, Oregon, and authorities took some people into custody, the Oregonian reported.
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