Nearly a thousand take to the Las Vegas Strip for anti-Trump protest
LAS VEGAS (KSNV) - Hundreds of people marched peacefully along the Las Vegas Strip Saturday night in an organized protest against President-elect Donald Trump.
Gathering at the LINQ parking lot around 8 p.m., the protesters marched and rallied to the Trump International Hotel located near Fashion Show Drive and Las Vegas Boulevard.
The Strip rally adds Las Vegas to the list of many cities nationwide participating in such protests.
According to event organizers on Facebook, the event is organized as a peaceful protest regarding the election. Over 2,000 people RSVP'd to the event.
Participants were urged to arrive with friends, signs, flashlights, and comfortable shoes to walk in.
Event organizers say one of the objectives of the march is to "demand the electors in the Electoral College honor the popular vote and choose to elect Hillary Clinton as President when they cast their ballots on December 19."
They are also encouraging Trump to denounce the hate groups that have announced support for him, including the recent endorsement by the KKK, and are asking for Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., to be held accountable for his condemnation of Trump's "agenda."
Before the march began, organizers reminded protesters to remain peaceful and stay off the streets.
"Tell me what democracy looks like? This is what democracy looks like," protesters chanted as they continued down the Strip, as well as chanting "love trumps hate."
Many of the signs held by protesters included "Dump Trump," "Make America Safe Again," and "Love Trumps Hate," among others.
As protesters arrived outside Trump International Hotel, much of the crowd rushed across Fashion Show Drive to the front of the Trump hotel.
Metro officers were outside Trump's Las Vegas hotel, forming a human wall to separate the protesters from Trump supporters who were gathered outside the hotel.
The crowd began to disperse around 10:15 p.m., shortly after arriving at the hotel.
According to Las Vegas Police Captain Christopher Tomaino, at least seven people were arrested for obstructing traffic on the Strip.
It is unknown at this time if the group that planned the night's march has plans to hold any more protests in the near future.