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Thousands march in Downtown Buffalo

Posted at 6:33 PM, Jan 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-21 18:33:16-05

Thousands of Western New Yorkers joined together Saturady afternoon for the "No Hate, No Mandate" March and rally in buffalo, one of hundreds of sister marches to the Women's march on Washington.

Buffalo Police estimate that anywhere between 2500-3000 people took part in the Buffalo march and while many were there specially to support women's rights, others shared different issues they felt the nation faces after President Donald Trump took office Friday afternoon.

Global Warming, Human rights and healthcare were key issues for several protesters, but Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz (D) wants to make sure the voices of Western New Yorkers are heard during the Trump Presidency "He may be the president, but we are going to stand up for our issues, whether it's Washington DC, New York City or right here in Buffalo."

People came to todays march and rally for many different reasons, but almost every protester seemed to agree that they wanted this protest to remain peaceful, which they hoped would make sure their message, and the message of marchers world wide, would be heard by President Trump.

The Buffalo march was coordinated by Riverside Salem UCC as well as the WNY Peace Center as part of the Buffalo Resistance Weekend, which, according to the Western New York Peace Center, was inspired by "Rev. Dr. Kings legacy of nonviolent direct action."