- Associated Press - Saturday, January 21, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Demonstrators chanted “Rise up!” and held a variety of signs protesting President Donald Trump during a gathering of several thousand people Saturday at the Rhode Island State House.

The Rhode Island Women’s Solidarity Rally was among more than 600 marches around the world, with the main event in Washington drawing hundreds of thousands of people wanting to send Trump the message that they won’t let his agenda go unchallenged over the next four years.

Laura Mercure had a sign that included a painting of Trump inscribed with the word “Nope,” inspired by the “Hope” posters from former President Barack Obama’s campaign.

“As a member of the LGBTQ community, I feel personally attacked by the things (Trump) has been saying,” she told The Providence Journal. “They are encouraging others who have these thoughts. There is a lot of hate going around and growing in this country. The things he says makes people think it’s OK.”

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo also was at the protest and said on her Twitter page Saturday that hate and intolerance will never be normal in Rhode Island.

“As long as I’m governor, there will be a place in RI for everyone - no matter your race, your creed, where you’re from or who you love,” she said.

Raimondo added, “I want all the little girls in our country to know you matter, and we’re not going to stop fighting for you. Don’t lose hope.”

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