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Women’s group holds anti-Trump protest, vigil in Center City

Tommy Rowan

Updated: Thursday, November 10, 2016, 8:07 PM

Protesters turn back toward Philadelphia City Hall on the second night of protests following Donald Trump's election. The march was organized by the women's group #GOPHandsOffMe,

For a second consecutive night, more than 1,000 protesters gathered in Center City and marched through its streets to protest the election of Donald J. Trump as president.

Thursday’s gathering, dubbed “Our 100: Philly Women in Formation, Vigil & Protest," originated on Facebook from a local subset of a national feminist movement under the hashtag #GOPHandsOffMe.

The protest, which included a candlelight vigil before the march, started at 5 p.m. at Thomas Paine Plaza, which sits on the apron of the Municipal Services building at 1401 JFK Boulevard.

About 2,000 protesters dressed in black and carrying candles in small cups were in attendance at the start. More than 3,000 people RSVP'd on the protest’s Facebook page prior to 5 p.m.

After marching down Market Street to 30th Street Station, the group turned around and moved back toward the city hall area.

As the group started to dwindle around 7:30 p.m. it splintered. One portion is marching north on Broad Street, and the other is heading north on 18th Street.

While all remains pretty peaceful, traffic is still a little delayed in center city as the groups occupy multiple locations.

marching north pic.twitter.com/oRNzAh5Vpo

“We are showing the entire country that the leadership of women of color does not end with this election. We will remind people that this election was and is about our lives – black lives, women’s lives, immigrant lives, and the lives of LGBTQ folks," according to the Facebook page.

On Wednesday night, more than 1,000 people gathered at Paine Plaza and then marched north on Broad Street for about three hours. It was one of at least seven large protests across the country by people disappointed by the outcome of the election, including New York City where protesters crammed the streets around Trump Tower, and Los Angeles, where protesters shut down a massive freeway and more than two dozen were arrested.

Philadelphia's protest was peaceful.

Stay with Philly.com as this story develops.

Tommy Rowan

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