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Bay Area crowds gather to protest Trump

Tens of thousands of people are expected to take to the streets across the Bay Area on Saturday for the Women’s March, joining hundreds of other protests nationwide in the fourth-annual demonstration.

The region’s biggest protest will once again be in San Francisco, where 30,000 to 50,000 people are expected to rally outside City Hall, then march down Market Street to the Embarcadero. The rally starts at 11:30 a.m., and participants will start marching at 1:30 p.m.

Marches in Oakland and San Jose are expected to draw thousands more people, many carrying creative signs or sporting the distinctive pink hats that have been a symbol of the protest since its first iteration on the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration.

Organizers have reworked the Oakland march for 2020, with the demonstration set to start at Frank Ogawa Plaza, rather than at Lake Merritt as it has in past years. The march at 11 a.m. will go in a loop up Telegraph Avenue to Grand Avenue, then return to the plaza on Broadway.

In San Jose, the march will begin at 11 a.m. at the City Hall rotunda, followed by an 11:30 a.m. rally at the Arena Green East next to SAP Center.

This year’s protests will likely draw far smaller crowds than the 2017 demonstrations, continuing a trend of declining attendance at the annual event.

But experts and organizers say that doesn’t mean the anti-Trump “resistance” is losing steam in this election year. Rather, they say, fewer people are coming to the march because many have found other ways to try to push the country in a more progressive direction, such as local activism or work with political campaigns.

And, Oakland march organizer Alisha Woo said, “While there might be fewer participants, we still bring thousands and thousands of participants out every year.”

With that in mind, organizers are encouraging participants to take public transit to the demonstrations — BART will be running longer trains to accommodate the crowds — and drivers should expect road closures and traffic as well.

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