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"The people united will never be divided," the group chanted in voices that were not quite yelling. They walked south on Nevada Avenue from Acacia Park en route to Colorado Springs City Hall to give a full-throated denunciation of the 2016 election and the presidency of Donald Trump.

The protesters were young, most of them students from Colorado College, with a few joining the lunchtime march from nearby Palmer High School.  Word of the protest spread quickly on social media as the young liberals latched onto the chance to express their fear, anger and disbelief in the decision of their fellow countrymen.

A few carried signs that read F*** Trump, and a few more yelled the profanity during their march.

At the steps of City Hall, protest leaders directed the roughly 200-300 demonstrators in several rounds of yelling "not my president!"

Protester Rafael Fermin describes himself as a "first-gen" student, the child of immigrant parents from the Dominican Republic. He worries the Trump victory will leave more immigrants and minorities marginalized.

"The injustices that we have experienced up until now have been enough and I can't see it getting any better with Donald Trump in the office," Fermin said.

Mohammad Mia, a Colorado College graduate, took the day off from work to take part in what he said was an act of civic duty. Mia explained many young protesters felt wounded by the political system.

"I think there's a common sentiment amongst the youth that there is a certain distrust for political action, a certain distrust for media and how the media represented the political campaign thus far," Mia said.

Despite their frustration, the crowd seemed to rallied around the idea that new wave of young, liberal Americans could one day tilt the balance of power away from the voters who elected Trump. 

Their chant "Brick by Brick ... Wall by Wall ...We will see the system fall" was used to channel that belief while alluding to Trump's campaign promise to build a wall on the US/Mexico border.

John Roy, an international student at CC from South Africa, said he believed this protest could inspire young Americans to unify as a voting block.

"I think this is a great appeal to the American youth to unite to be less apathetic," Roy said.

Several Colorado Springs police officers lined the streets during the demonstration. Police Chief Pete Carey addressed the crowd from band shell in Acacia Park telling them the officers would stop traffic downtown as they marched in order to prevent car accidents. 

No accidents, injuries or citations were reported.  At one point, a smaller group showed up to heckle the demonstrators. One of them held up a Trump/Pence yard sign. In response, a half dozen of the protesters approached and hugged him.


More than 100 people have gathered near Acacia Park in downtown Colorado Springs, expressing their frustration after last night's presidential election.  About a dozen police officers have responded to the area, blocking off Bijou from Nevada to Tejon after some protestors took to the street.  However, police say protestors have since agreed to stay in the park area.

D-11 says that Palmer High School is on a precautionary lock-down, but all students and staff are safe.  

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