Anti-Trump protests continue in Augusta

Anti-Trump protests continue in Maine

AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — About 50 people met outside the Capitol building Friday afternoon in Augusta to protest President-elect Donald Trump's campaign proposals.

This was, at least, the fourth gathering related to the results of the presidential election since it was called back on Nov. 9.

"We want to make our voices heard and be here and take up space and make a statement," organizer Emma Donnelly said. "The Republican Party says that they want less control from the government, but yet they want to go into our lives and control our healthcare and our marriages and our religion. It's scary."

The protest was called the "We Won't Go Back" protest, named after protesters' beliefs that they will not "go back in time" to when certain people's rights were not respected.

Some Republicans who supported Trump want these protests to stop.

"I think it's absurd," said David Jones, chairman of Making Maine Great Again. "They're doing exactly what they were afraid he and his supporters would do. Why? It makes no sense."

Jones said he encourages free speech, but that he would prefer to see it in the form of a discussion, not a protest.

"We can have open discussions. We have opportunities all the time for people to express themselves," he said. "But please, do it in a positive way."

There have been other protests across the country involving thousands of people. Some of those protests turned violent. In Maine, there have been no reports of violence.

Protesters such as Donnelly said they will not stop protesting until they see Congress deny Trump's proposals.

"Oh yeah, I'm not stopping," she said. "Ever."

Copyright 2016 WCSH


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