Thousands march in Denver to protest election

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DENVER — Interstate 25 has reopened after it was shut down by anti-Donald Trump protesters near downtown Denver on Thursday night.

Thousands of people marched through downtown, blocking intersections, streets and sidewalks. Some of them made their way onto the interstate.

The demonstration began near the State Capitol about 5:30 p.m. The marchers then headed through downtown, carrying signs and chanting anti-Trump slogans.

The crowd seemed to get larger as the evening went on as they went down the 16th Street Mall, then back around to Speer Boulevard at the Colorado Convention Center before returning to the Capitol.

Police worked to keep everyone safe by closing streets to traffic as the large group moved. It was described as peaceful and orderly.

The huge crowd later dissipated, but a much smaller group kept marching toward I-25 and Colfax Avenue.

At one point, the protesters marched onto the interstate near Sixth Avenue, stopping vehicles and blocking traffic. That’s when police moved in, using force to move them off the highway.

Northbound I-25 was closed at Sixth Avenue and southbound was closed at 23rd Avenue for a short time. The interstate reopened by 10:30 p.m.

“By electing Donald Trump president, you are condoning sex assault against women, against people of color, belief systems,” one protester said.

In Boulder, protesters marched from the Pearl Street Mall south along the University of Colorado campus. The group was made up of a lot of CU students.

They marched onto Highway 36 near Baseline and shut down that roadway for awhile as they headed back to the Pearl Street Mall.

There was no word of any arrests and there is no word if the protests will continue Friday night.

Earlier in the day, a group of upset Coloradans gathered on the steps of the Capitol to voice their dissatisfaction with a Trump presidency.

“She won the popular vote,” one speaker said.

“If you look at the numbers, only 25 percent of Americans voted for this president. That is not the America that is here that wants universal healthcare,” another speaker said.

Gov. John Hickenlooper proclaimed during a news conference that “we are one country” and both sides have the responsibility to come together to find common ground.

Hickenlooper attributed the fact that “people couldn’t trust her” as to why she lost, blaming her inability to come off well on camera as a major fault.

Hickenlooper said his greatest concerns with a Trump presidency surround health care, the Environmental Protection Agency and public lands, and also confirmed the CU Board of Regents have been briefed on a possible drop in foreign students and the subsequent fiscal impact because of Trump’s election.

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