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Hundreds gather for anti-Trump protest in Tucson

Posted at 9:49 PM, Nov 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-13 12:22:25-05

People across the nation continue to protest Donald Trump winning the presidential election -- from New York, to Oregon, to right here in Tucson.

Hundreds of protesters gathered in downtown Tucson to march through the streets, expressing and voicing their opinions on the election and President Elect.

Chanting heard throughout the evening -- "Tell me what democracy looks like?! This is what democracy looks like!"

The entire event was a very peaceful, put on with the cooperation of the Tucson Police Department. Officers shut down Congress St. and Broadway Blvd. to lead the way for the hundreds of protesters. 

The organizer, Stteffanny Cott says this is just the beginning of what will be a very long four years for the President Elect.

"We're out here to let him know that for the next four years, he's going to see hell," Cott said. "Every step of the way he will be met with protest and he will be met with our voices. Against every type of oppressive legislation that he tries to push through."

On top of deeming his proposed policies oppressive, many of the protesters say he doesn't embody the characteristics the President of the United States needs to have.

"He oppresses all of us. Women, minorities, the Muslim community, the LGBTQ community," Cott said.

"LGBTQ rights, and racial rights, and any equality with sexes as well," another protester, Jose Garcia said.

Yet with both anger and frustration, Garcia and Cott both said they understand the race is over and the results are in; and that effective January 20, 2017, Donald Trump will be the President of the United States.

Garcia says while Trump will be the president, he won't be his president.

"Although he is the President of the United States, I do not accept that," he said.

Cott, on the other hand, explains it's something she'll have to learn to accept.

"He's not the person that I would have like to have been as the President," she said. "But he is the President of the United States, and that's what we all need to understand."