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Several thousands made great efforts to protest in Downtown Phoenix on August 22, 2017. The rally advocated against issues Trump has recently made remarks upon such as the events in Charlottesville, VA.

The ACLU along with a strength in local numbers filled the streets from Monroe St. & 2nd St. to 3rd. St, along with the perimeter of the Phoenix Convention Center. An estimate of about 10,000 citizens came to protest according the Phoenix Fire Marshall. Hundreds of the Phoenix Police Department were also dispatched to monitor and secure the general vicinity.

The night started out as a peaceful protest, the streets were filled with tons of people holding signs, carrying petitions, getting personal media coverage. The sidewalks and hovering parking garage was packed with peaceful protesters, including numerous families, elders and children; each with their own message to voice. Advocacy for LGBQT+ rights, Anti-fascism, Anti-racism. Public Education funding, Black Lives Matter Movement, Joe Arpaio’s dismissal, Women’s rights and other social and economic issues were prevalent.

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Pro-Trump supporters were also present within the crowd of protesters, voicing their own message. Trump supporters were reciting religious verses and counter-protesting the protesters’ messages.

Although around 8:30pm that night a can of tear gas was released into the streets by the Phoenix Police Department. Pepper spray was also used against the protesters. All the officers were equipped with riot shields, as though they were not earlier during the day. This caused for all the peaceful protesters to flee away, although other protestors decided to retaliate. Water bottles along with other trash were thrown at the police officers in response to the brute force used to get rid of the protesters on the streets. Many protesters were furious with the police, claiming that the violence was initiated with them.

“…that was too extreme to me because in contrast the White supremacists in Charlottesville were doing their protest way worse and the cops weren’t really doing anything.” Matthew Galvez, a senior at LJHS said.

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“Yeah, it’s a life changing experience to see it actually happen in front of you.” Celeste Mori, a LJHS alumni said. Mori along with her other friends were actually present and partook in the protest.

Tuesday night makes a day in Arizona history, not only for Trump’s presence but for the alliance formed in the streets of Downtown Phoenix. Although ending in four arrests and several tear gassed, the people came together in great unity to exercise their rights.

 

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