Several Inauguration Day protesters take to streets of downtown Denver

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DENVER -- Protesters converged on the State Capitol and took to the streets of downtown Denver on Friday to denounce the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States.

Several people were on the west steps at the Capitol. An 8 a.m. protest by DisruptDJ20 and a 9 a.m. protest by another group merged, along with students who walked out of East High School and marched down East Colfax Avenue.

At 10 a.m., the protesters were marching on streets through downtown Denver before breaking up before noon.

Early Friday afternoon, about 100 students at Montbello High School walked out of classes because of the inauguration.

The Denver Police Department said it was ready and properly staffed as thousands are expected to protest at multiple events. It said it set up several patrols around downtown for most of the day.

“We ask those people that are planning events (Friday) that they conduct themselves in a legal matter,” police spokeswoman Christine Downs said. “This city is everybody’s city and we want everybody to treat it as such. Be respectful, do the right thing and have your voices heard in the right way.”

When Trump was elected into office in November, some protests turned violent in Denver.