Trump/Pence OutNow protest in Atlanta

Louis Berne stands behind an Out Now sign at Piedmont Park in Atlanta on Oct. 26, 2019 during weekly protests against Donald Trump and Mike Pence.

ATLANTA— A sense of urgency and impatience was in the air at the Trump/Pence OutNow protest as a modest crowd gathered on a rainy day at Piedmont Park in Atlanta.

The protest, organized by the group “Refuse Fascism” was designed to drive out the Donald Trump and Mike Pence regime with “the power of the people in the streets”. This Atlanta demonstration was part of a larger, nationwide, effort by Refuse Fascism to unite citizens with the common goal of ending the Donald Trump and Mike Pence administration.

“We are taking history into our hands in the name of humanity, and only the power of the people in sustained massive protest can remove this fascist regime,” said national Refuse Fascism spokesperson Andy Zee in a press release.
According to the flyers being handed out at the protest, this movement was in response to a specific few of Trump's actions as president of the United States.
Flyers for the event listed, “concentration camps, environmental devastation, white supremacy, fascist mobs and racist mass murders, truth and science erased, right to abortion near gone and the removal of civil rights” as reasons the administration must be removed.
Local protest coordinator, Louis Berne, was convinced the removal of the current administration is necessary.
“We can’t wait for the Democrats because they aren’t doing anything,” he said. “We have to take a page out of the books of Puerto Rico and Hong Kong and end the fascist rule ourselves.”
Berne was adamant about the need for haste. “It has to be done soon because Trump is a proven fascist and has already said he won’t leave office even if he
loses the election,” he said. “We must use nonviolent protests to end this regime as soon as possible.”
While Berne expressed his views as non-partisan, many in attendance were self-proclaimed democrats including protester Cait Condon.
“So many things Trump is doing are wrong especially the concentration camps on the boarder which made me come out to protest,” Condon said. “Even if we can’t necessarily remove him from office, he needs to know the people are against him.”
Another demonstrator, Tariq Jordan, also felt protests are necessary to save the country from the Trump and Pence administration. “People love to support our cause on the internet and social media but we need people to show up in person and let the government know we demand change,” he said.
Jordan emphasized the fact that Trump and pence will do anything to
stay in power. “These men have no respect for the rules of our country and will do anything to keep their power."
The Refuse Fascism organization likened the current American government to Nazism.
”If we are not as outraged and motivated to act today as we were right after the election, we are on our way to accepting or ignoring a great horror that builds daily. If we adjust to the injustice of this regime, do not ask how the German people could have accepted Nazism in the 1930s," Jordan said.
Many at the Atlanta protest also were drawing connection between the Trump/Pence administration and Nazis. Plenty of signs were seen depicting Trump as a Nazi and using other visual cues to suggest ties between Trump and the Nazi party.
The Out Now mass protests are scheduled to continue every Saturday as Refuse Fascism continues to try and remove Donald Trump and Mike Pence from office.

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