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Roughly 25,000 Hit the Streets to Protest Trump Before Inauguration Day

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According to event organizers, about 25,000 protesters packed the streets surrounding Trump International Hotel and Tower near Central Park the night before Donald Trump’s inauguration to protest.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Michael Moore were both speakers at the anti-Trump rally. However, they were not the only high-profile figures in attendance — Robert De Niro, Mark Ruffalo, Alec Baldwin, and Cher also joined the protesters.

Environmental advocacy group Greenpeace and activist organization MoveOn.org organized the “We Stand United” rally along with other local nonprofits. According to the organizers, they planned the demonstration in order to “stand united and send a message to President-elect Trump and Congress that New York will protect the rights of people and the environment.”

The event was announced on Twitter by Michael Moore earlier this week.

In a series of tweets, de Blasio pledged his support and confirmed his attendance.

In his speech to the “We Stand United” protesters, de Blasio explained,

“Donald Trump may control the agenda in Washington, but we control our destiny as Americans.We don’t fear the future. We think the future is bright if the people’s voices are heard. We will fight this together.”

De Niro told the group of protesters,

“We Americans, we New Yorkers, we patriots will stand united for our rights and the rights of our fellow citizens.”

Activist Al Sharpton and actresses Sally Field, Shailene Woodley, and Cynthia Nixon were all in attendance as well.

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