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Hundreds protest Trump at Miami Republican debate

By staff |
March 12, 2016
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Protesters outside of the Republican debate In Miami.
Protesters outside of the Republican debate In Miami. (Fight Back! News / Staff)

Miami, FL - Over 400 activists, students and workers protested outside of the Republican debate held at the University of Miami, and they all had one clear message: Dump Trump and the entire Republican agenda! Protesters gathered outside of the Saint Bede Episcopal Church on the university’s campus and began their march at 6:30 p.m.

Protesters shut down traffic within and around the university, taking mainly to the sidewalks but eventually pouring onto the campus' perimeter roads as well. Activists representing anti-war, environmental and workers' rights groups held banners that read, "Money for jobs and education, not for wars and occupation," as well as, "Take your hate out of my state!"

Conor Munro, a lead organizer with People's Opposition to War, Imperialism and Racism (POWIR), attended the rally to protest the perpetual state of war and conquest that has been proposed by both parties, but Donald Trump in particular. Munro stated, “Both major parties represent the interests of the one percent. The men gathered inside that building are symbols of bigotry, sexism and greed and we need to confront them at every opportunity. Donald Trump has brought out the most reactionary elements in American society and politics. We won't let him or his peers continue their policies of hate."

Protesters chanted, "Dump Trump!" and "Hey-hey, ho-ho, Donald Trump has got to go!"

Among the major groups represented at the march were NextGen Climate, SEIU and Students Working for Equal Rights (SWER). Many in attendance were protesting for $15 minimum wage and a union, as part of the national Fight For 15 campaign.

At the end of the march, some protesters gathered to hit a piñata decorated with the faces of Trump and Ted Cruz. First up to bat was a young Haitian-American boy who said he hated Trump because he is a bad man. Next up was his mother, who slammed the piñata with the stick stating her indignation with Trump's racism and greed. And the third batter was a young Latina woman from SWER who shouted, "Trump is a sexist and a racist!" It took her two swings to split the piñata in half.