Thousands Converge At LA City Hall For Anti-Trump Protest

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Several thousand protesters rallied Friday at Los Angeles City Hall in opposition to the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

Shouting slogans like, “The people united must never be divided,” two different groups — one starting in Boyle Heights and another near Staples Center — converged on Spring Street outside City Hall’s west entrance just before 1 p.m., less than a couple hours after Trump took his oath of office.

Law enforcement had a visible presence at the scene with several dozen officers in regular uniforms, but the protest was largely peaceful.

Police estimated as many as 4,000 protesters showed up at Spring Street, far below the prediction 10,000 that some organizers were expecting.

“We organized this event to make sure to cross the bridge and protest Donald Trump,” organize Sol Marquez told City News Service. “We are here to say that we won’t stand for his hatred.”

In addition to local protests, demonstrators gathered at San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza and across the bay in Oakland at the Ronald Dellums Federal Building.

Protesters also attempted to blockade the San Francisco headquarters of Uber, whose CEO Travis Kalanick has a role on Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum.

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