Thousands protest against Trump in LA, call for impeachment
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Thousands protest against Trump in LA, call for impeachment

Small group of the president’s supporters holds counter-demonstration near LAPD headquarters

Anti-Trump supporters rally at the Texas State Capitol on Sunday, July 2, 2017, during an impeachment march in Austin, Texas by anti-Trump supporters in hopes to gain attention and impeach Trump. (Joshua Guerra /Austin American-Statesman via AP)
Anti-Trump supporters rally at the Texas State Capitol on Sunday, July 2, 2017, during an impeachment march in Austin, Texas by anti-Trump supporters in hopes to gain attention and impeach Trump. (Joshua Guerra /Austin American-Statesman via AP)

Thousands of demonstrators hoisting signs and chanting anti-Donald Trump slogans marched through downtown Los Angeles on Sunday to urge Congress to impeach the president.

The Los Angeles march was one of several similar gatherings Sunday across California and the nation. One rally took place in Austin, Texas, the state’s capital.

Organizers say they believe the president has violated the US Constitution and obstructed justice.

“It is time that congressional representatives do their job and start the process to impeach this president,” organizers said in statement. “We believe president Trump has committed constitutional breaches, consistently lied, cheated, and enforces laws that primarily benefit him and his billionaire friends at the expense of the country.”

One banner at the protest called the president an “Illegitimate Corrupt Puppet.”

Marcher John Meranda told the Los Angeles Times he has attended five recent anti-Trump marches. The 56-year-old said he’s most recently frightened by the Republican proposal to cut billions of dollars from the Medicaid program.

A smaller group of pro-Trump protesters gathered nearby outside Los Angeles police headquarters. The Trump supporters say they’re unconcerned about allegations that Trump tried to thwart an FBI investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

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