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Dueling protests held in Elmwood Village

Hundreds demonstrated at Colonial Circle
Posted at 6:29 PM, Jul 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-23 14:41:49-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — There were two separate demonstrations planned for Sunday afternoon, but opposing groups came together in Colonial Circle in a true political showdown.

One group, in support of President Trump began their gathering at Colonial Circle.

"Everybody needs to know that this is a president who cares about our people, who cares about everyone equally, who just wants prosperity for everyone," said protester Jul Thompson, whose husband organized the rally.

The other group gathered at Bidwell Parkway, saying they want President Trump out of office.

"The President of the United States is the man who's supposed to bring us together and the man who's supposed to bring us together is pulling us apart," said former congressional candidate Nate McMurray, who organized the "America is Better than Trump" rally.

Organizers from both protests met beforehand to shake hands and agreed to have respectful demonstrations.

Over time, hundreds of people from both sides filled Colonial Circle, chanting and arguing back and forth.

People on the right said it's hard to have peaceful discussions.

"Most of the time when you talk to someone who doesn't agree with our president, basically they just wanna argue and name call," said pro-Trump protester Amy Marino.

People on the left said that calm discussions are impossible.

"If you want to debate ice cream flavor, let's go, but if they're gonna try to talk about whether folks who are immigrants or people of color or women should have equal rights, then that's a no-go," said anti-Trump protester Mary Lister.

Police eventually blocked the streets of Colonial Circle. The protest continued throughout the afternoon.