Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of downtown Los Angeles on Saturday to rail against the Trump administration and its policies, but the march was nothing like the huge demonstrations held across the country after last year’s presidential election.
The group Refuse Fascism called for protests against Trump in several major cities on Saturday, including New York, Chicago and San Francisco.
Some were concerned Saturday’s rally and march — just days before the anniversary of Trump’s victory — would mirror the large, rowdy protests that followed Trump’s election and inauguration. But Los Angeles police recorded just two arrests Saturday as a crowd of roughly 400 demonstrators marched from Pershing Square, through the jewelry district and past Grand Central Market, said Asst. Chief Michel Moore. The group began dispersing around 4:30 p.m.
A few dozen supporters of President Trump arrived at Pershing Square about 12:30 p.m. to challenge the demonstrators, but LAPD officers on bicycles quickly formed lines to separate the groups, reducing any potential physical confrontation. The Trump supporters did not obtain a permit, but LAPD allowed them to march in the opposite direction of the Refuse Fascism protesters, Moore said.
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