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Huge Anti-Trump Protests Planned For Chicago On Inauguration Day

By Tanveer Ali | January 3, 2017 7:28am | Updated on January 18, 2017 11:33am
 Protesters took to the streets of Chicago after Donald Trump won the U.S. presidency in November.
Protesters took to the streets of Chicago after Donald Trump won the U.S. presidency in November.
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CHICAGO — Activists are planning several protests in Chicago to coincide with Jan. 20, when Donald Trump will be inaugurated as president of the United States.

The Chicago Socialist Alternative is planning to hold a "Resist Trump: Occupy Inauguration Chicago" protest at Daley Plaza on Inauguration Day.

Scheduled for 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 20, 4,500 people had voiced interest in the event on Facebook as of Monday.

Later that evening, protesters are planning to demonstrate at Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, the site of several protests since Trump announced his presidential bid in 2015.

The next day, the Women's March on Chicago will kick off from Jackson and Columbus at 10 a.m. As of Tuesday afternoon, more than 20,000 people have said they are going, according to the event's listing on Facebook.

The event will coincide with the larger Women's March on Washington, which is intended to "send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world, that women's rights are human rights," according to organizers.

Many Chicagoans also are likely to descend on Washington, D.C., that weekend. The organization Answer Chicago is planning to send a caravan of buses to the capital, but it's unclear how many the organization will send.

"There's a lot of interest," Answer Chicago coordinator John Beacham said. "For us the biggest thing is to get people to Washington. Donald Trump is going to be inaugurated as president, and we are trying to get as close to the White House as possible."

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