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Hundreds gather to protest Trump

Protests starts at Hemming Park, marches to Times-Union building

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Hundreds of people gathered at Hemming Park on Saturday afternoon to protest the election of President-elect Donald Trump, then marched to the Florida Times-Union building.

Protesters displayed signs saying things like “Dump Trump for our future” and ‘You can’t comb over racism.”

Disenfranchised voters said the Republican billionaires'  campaign rhetoric has them fearful of his impending presidency. They cited his incendiary comments on immigrants, his lack of experience and his temperament.

"We have discouraged everyone and anyone from rioting, destroying property, vandalizing anything," protest organizer Michael Mayer said. "We literally are only here because originally we wanted to gather people -- queer people, people of color, people with disabilities. Any and all marginalized groups to come and feel welcomed in a space and express their feelings." 

After about an hour in the park, protesters started marching down Laura Street to Bay Street on their way to the Florida Times-Union building. The newspaper publicly endorsed Trump two days prior to the election in which he defeated Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in Florida and enough other states for a victory in the Electoral College.

Clinton finished slightly ahead in the nationwide popular vote.

One of the organizers of the protest, Stephen Nutt, said violence against women and minorities has already happened in the wake of Trump's election. 

"We've seen attacks on people of color. Attacks on women. We've already seen attacks on people of the LGBT community, and, basically, I'm here to say we stand in solidarity with all of them," Nutt said. "We don't want anything bad to happen. We come as a peaceful protest. We want to start a dialog, and we want to be peaceful."