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Students protest new President-Elect

As the weeks go by, we see a change in dynamic in the streets of Downtown, Bend.

First, we saw the community protesting against the construction of DAPL, but now, we see a change in town – this time for “peace and love.”

Nearly 100 students and community members, took to Wall Street to show that “love trumps hate”.

Their primary goal was to protest peacefully, while still getting their point across. “It started out as a very vague concept earlier this week,” said Maddie Reitz, a student at Summit High School.

“We’re feeling upset and shaken by the results, and we wanted to remind people who are out there in our community that are willing to support you and to fight for positive change,” Reitz said.

The results of the election shocked many. Protests and riots erupted across the country, which allowed America to see how it’s people were feeling. Reitz explained that she is feeling “disappointed with the ways others are choosing to share their disagreement with the results.”

Anthony Lanuza, COCC student, protests in Downtown, Bend. He hopes to spread peace and love during this "time of hate."
Anthony Lanuza, COCC student, protests in Downtown, Bend. He hopes to spread peace and love during this “time of hate.”

After several students and community members shared their opinions. Many said they will keep fighting until their voices are heard.

“The light is not dying,” said community member, Madelyn Warrick, 23.

Protesters walked around Downtown chanting “the people united will never be divided” meanwhile a pro-Trump rally was taking place in the park.

Community members at the Trump rally had similar beliefs, but they did not believe that Trump is a “bad guy” and that he will do justice for the country.

Unlike many rallies in Portland, no incidents were reported.

 

Olivia Webb | The Broadside

Contact: owebb@cocc.edu

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