PALM SPRINGS – An estimated 350 people participated in a vigil and march in Palm Springs Saturday protesting Donald J. Trump’s election as president.
The demonstration began at 5:30 p.m. with a candlelight vigil at Frances Stevens Park at Palm Canyon Drive and Alejo Road. Protesters then marched along the sidewalk of Palm Canyon Drive through the downtown shopping district.
Marchers chanted “Not my president,” “Love Trumps hate” and “I reject the president-elect,” as they marched and drivers honked in support, The Desert Sun newspaper reported.
They carried signs saying “One People, One Planet, One Love,” “Not My President” and “Love Not Hate.”
Officers attended the march at the request of organizers “to keep us safe because of all the threats and harassment that’s been received since starting this event,” organizers posted on Facebook.
Organizers said they held the march because they viewed Trump’s election as “a major setback to minorities, women, the LGBT community, intellectualism and common decency.
“This event is to express our pain and anger in order to move forward in peace, solidarity and action,” organizers posted on the march’s Facebook page. “We will not be silenced by hate.”
Anti-Trump protests have sprung up around the world since his victory Tuesday, including Saturday in downtown Los Angeles, where an estimated 10,000 people marched about four miles from MacArthur Park to downtown.