Despite occasional flareup of tension, anti-Trump rally at UNM remains peaceful
UNM students, led by the Young Progressives Demanding Action, staged a walkout protesting the inauguration of Donald Trump on Friday.
A group of over 100 students gathered at Cornell Mall before a podium that displayed the caricature of Trump and the words “Chale Con Trump.”
“This is a rally to empower others to go against Trumpism and fight for the rights of individuals that he has so constantly ignored during his campaign,” said Nathan Siegel, president of UNM YPDA. “We hope, by the end of this, that we will do just that.”
Siegel said the rally is one of encouragement, so participants can feel empowered in protecting human rights.
“I think students have tremendous power. We’ve seen this throughout (the) history of students marching and fighting for what they believe is right,” he said. “We are the biggest voting block right now to change history and set a precedent for future political things to come.”
Many other groups were in attendance alongside YPDA, including Black Student Union, MEChA, Student Alliance for Reproductive Justice and KIVA Club, among others.
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