- Associated Press - Saturday, January 21, 2017

The Latest on a women’s protest against Republican President Donald Trump in Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire (all times local):

7:15 p.m.

Vermont interstate exits that were closed by police because of a massive protest against Republican President Donald Trump have reopened.

Thousands of people turned out for women’s marches and rallies in Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire on Saturday as part of a series of protests a day after Trump’s inauguration.

In Montpelier, Vermont, demonstrators overwhelmed the small city, causing traffic backups on the interstate that prompted the state police to close exits in and around the city. Police said the city’s roads couldn’t support any more people or vehicles Saturday afternoon. They estimated the crowd was between 15,000 and 20,000 people.

Independent Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders attended the rally and spoke about love and compassion.

At least 10,000 people turned out for a women’s march in Portland, Maine, while others attended rallies in Augusta and Brunswick.

More than 3,000 people attended a rally on the Statehouse lawn in Concord, New Hampshire.

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2:50 p.m.

Thousands of people have turned out for women’s marches and rallies in Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire as part of a series of protests a day after the inauguration of Republican President Donald Trump.

Demonstrators overwhelmed the city of Montpelier with the police chief saying Saturday afternoon that city roads could not support any more people or vehicles. The Vermont State Police closed Interstate 89 exit ramps in and around Montpelier due to traffic congestion.

In Maine, at least 10,000 turned out for a women’s walk in Portland while others attended rallies in Augusta and Brunswick.

In Concord, New Hampshire, speakers included Democratic U.S. Sens. Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen and Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter. Author Jodi Picoult said New Hampshire residents “are not in the habit of going in reverse.”

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