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Thousands protest Trump's climate policies in downtown Seattle

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SEATTLE - Thousands of Seattleites marched across downtown Saturday to protest President Donald Trump's environmental policies.

The People's Climate March in Seattle was one of several hundred expected across the nation, organizers say. Organizers estimate at least 3,500 people participated locally.

The protests mark Trump's hundredth day in office.

Participants say they're objecting to Trump's rollback of restrictions on mining, oil drilling and greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants, among other things.

Protesters in Seattle started gathering at Occidental Square Park in downtown Seattle around 10 a.m., marching up 4th Avenue and rallying at Westlake Park.

Similar marches were in held in Olympia, Port Angeles and Bellingham. Organizers estimate there were as many the 300 marches nationwide.

Trump has called climate change a hoax, disputing the overwhelming consensus of scientists that the world is warming and that man-made carbon emissions are primarily to blame.

More than 1,000 people gathered Saturday in Northeast Portland. At the marquee event, the Peoples Climate March in Washington, D.C., tens of thousands of demonstrators made their way down Pennsylvania Avenue in sweltering heat on their way to encircle the White House.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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