Pro-Immigration and Anti-Trump Rallies

Anti-Trump rally leads to arrests

Capping off a week of protest in Austin and around the country in reaction to Donald Trump's presidential win, Sunday was bookended by rallies in Downtown Austin. The Love Trumps Hate rally filled the City Hall grounds during the day, and an anti-Trump protest took place at the Capitol during the evening.

Photo by Jana Birchum

The Love Trumps Hate event at City Hall was geared toward addressing the fear undocumented families are suddenly facing. Council Member Greg Casar and Mayor Steve Adler both spoke at the event.

Around 200 Austin residents took to the streets later that evening to protest the election of Trump. The largely peaceful rally started at the Capitol at 7:30pm and migrated south down Congress Avenue, eventually stopping at the South First bridge, shutting down traffic. At around 9:10pm, the Texas Department of Public Safety made six arrests after some protesters tore a sign held by a pro-Trump supporter. Jarred Roark, 34, was arrested on felony aggravated assault, resisting arrest, and evading arrest after allegedly assaulting an individual on Congress Avenue and 11th Street, according to DPS. Five others were arrested in connection with the incident.

Carrying posters and chanting “Not My President,” “Love Trumps Hate,” “Black Lives Matter,” and “Her Body, Her Choice,” protesters at the otherwise calm and peaceful rally expressed fear of their futures under Trump, a demagogue who has vowed to deport millions of immigrants, restrict reproductive health access, and whose appointments show a disdain for African-American communities.

Scenes from the Anti-Trump protest Sunday night:

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