On Friday night, protesters took to Rosalind Avenue in front of Lake Eola in Downtown Orlando, to protest the Presidency of Donald Trump who was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States earlier that day.
A coalition of groups gathered to oppose what they believe will be a “fascist” administration that they believe will be based off of homophobia and racism.
Protesters shouted “not my President” as they waved signs, flags, and banners to passing pedestrians and cars.
“This is an expression of resistance against the incoming regime.” said Dylan Tyer, who holds a leadership position with one of the organizing groups “We’ve got people from all walks of life here. This is about the Orlando community which is so strong and comes together against hatred.“
The group would later march through the streets of downtown until they reached city hall. Orlando Police was on hand with an escort and the protest was peaceful with no reported incidents.
There were many other protests taking place around the nation on Friday night that were not as peaceful as the one held downtown. The demonstrations in Washington D.C led to millions in property damage with dozens arrested throughout the day and protests in other parts of the country have required police involvement to keep the groups under control.
“A lot of the things he’s already done are troubling to those that already feel victimized and threatened by his agenda.” said Adam Whitmer of the Orlando Chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America “We want to take this energy and we don’t want to let it dissipate. There are more elections coming up in 2018.”