WILTON MANORS, FLA. (WSVN) - - About 200 people took to the streets of Wilton Manors, Saturday evening, to protest President-elect Donald Trump’s policy proposals on a variety of pressing issues, including health care, immigration and LGBT rights.
Holding signs proclaiming “Peace and Love,” among other things, demonstrators walked nearly three miles, from Hagen Park, north on Wilton Drive and circling back on Northeast Sixth Avenue.
Protester Gregg Shapiro told 7News he’s worried about his civil rights after Trump gets into office. “I am a gay man and I am absolutely terrified. Terrified of this situation,” he said.
Tina Delafe said the majority of the country isn’t in line with Trump. “The popular vote, the majority of Americans do not agree with this, and we have to stand up and say it’s not OK, and we are watching you,” she said.
Emery Grant said he is marching to prevent climate change, an issue he worries the incoming administration will ignore. “The environment can’t be here today to speak for itself,” he said. “We have to be protectors of our land and water. I’m here for that as well.”
Saturday’s march comes one day after dozens of people walked up Collins Avenue, in Sunny Isles Beach, to protest outside the Trump International Resort.
The president-elect nevertheless had a strong show of support, too. Crowds in Fort Lauderdale turned out to celebrate his win and eventual move to the White House.
“Mr. Trump is going to take office, you know. That’s gonna happen,” said Trump supporter Bradford Cohen, Friday night. “I think people need to realize that and kind of come together and get behind one person, president, and say, ‘Let’s give him a chance.'”
Back in Wilton Manors, as protesters blocked off intersections and police stopped traffic, Delafe said there is an end in sight. “Now the question is, where is the action going to take place,” she said. “Are we going to set people up to run for Congress? Are we going to petition? Will we force change in another way?”
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