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At least a thousand people march in Grand Rapids, protesting Trump

Lindsey Smith
Michigan Radio
Protestors try to light a Trump campaign sign on fire. They ripped it up instead, at the crowd's urging.

A loud, dissatisfied crowd streamed through the streets in Grand Rapids Thursday night, peacefully protesting the election of Donald Trump as president. At least a thousand people participated.

After the march, people chanted at a square downtown – declaring "Trump is not my president" and "Love trumps hate."

15 year old Brian Dominguez marched with his mom Laura and little sister Daphne.

Dominquez and his family are from Michigan, but he says they’re proud of their Mexican heritage.

"We’re not going to let Trump define all Mexicans as rapists and people who come here as criminals. We’re not criminals. We’re here peacefully and we came here to protest peacefully," he said.

Dominquez waved a Hillary Clinton campaign sign. He says she got the most votes, so she deserves to be president.

Lindsey Smith is a Peabody Award-winning journalist currently leading the station's Amplify Team. She previously served as Michigan Public's Morning News Editor, Investigative Reporter and West Michigan Reporter.
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