Anti-Trump protesters rally peacefully in North Seattle, Tacoma
SEATTLE (KOMO) - Hundreds of protesters gathered Saturday afternoon in North Seattle and Greenlake to denounce President-elect Donald Trump.
In North Seattle, about 3,000 protesters formed a ring around Greenlake, holding hands and stretching about 2.8 miles around the lake.
The protest was peaceful and no injuries or property damage was reported.
"The purpose of this event is to stand up against the fear, hate, racism, sexism, homophobia, and Islamophobia that has been brought on by the impact of the recent election," the group said.
Organizers estimated they would need at least 2,700 participants to span the circumference of the lake.
In Tacoma, protesters met at Wright Park and marched through the city, some walking the streets with their kids.
"I’m here to just speak out and just show that I do accept that Trump is going to be our next president, but he doesn’t represent me or the majority of voters," said Merilee Evans, who brought her 4-year-old daughter to the protest. "We want to show what it’s like to protest and get out and use our voice and our bodies to show dissent."
The group said that Trump's election win has "disappointed, hurt, and put fear into our communities."
"One of our big concerns is equality for all. Racism, xenophobia, misogyny are not American values. We should not accept that," said David Bartus.
"One small connection here. One small event can have a ripple effect down the road, so I don’t think anything is a wasted effort. This is definitely not," said Chelsea Fletcher.
The protests in Tacoma were also were peaceful. The group briefly stopped traffic at South 6th and South Sprague avenues while several officers stood guard nearby.
No injuries or vandalism was reported, as of Saturday evening.