Photos and visuals of the downtown Denver march against Trump

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Protesters march down Champa Street in opposition to President-elect Donald Trump. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Protesters march down Champa Street in opposition to President-elect Donald Trump. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Protesters flooded downtown Denver Thursday night in opposition to President-elect Donald Trump. A diverse group that numbered in the thousands started at the Colorado State Capitol around 5:30 p.m. and wound their way through central Denver for several hours.

They held signs that read, “Not my president,” and “Immigrants are welcome here.”

Kenya Johnson raises a fist during an anti-Trump rally. Nov. 11, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  politics; protest; denver; denverite; kevinjbeaty; colorado; trump;

Kenya Johnson raises a fist during an anti-Trump rally. Nov. 11, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The main march returned to the Capitol by 8:30 p.m., but a smaller group, perhaps 500 people, marched back down Auraria Parkway toward I-25, eventually marching onto the highway and briefly blocking it.

The protest had been largely peaceful, but things got a bit chaotic at this point. Police pushed protesters off the highway and onto the other side of barriers. There were reports of pepper balls being fired.

Anna Stein, 22, of Denver said she was standing near some young men who started cursing at police and was hit three times with a hard projectile that left welts on her ribs.

“You can’t fight hate with hate,” said Stein. “It’s not progressive. It’s not what we need. We need people fighting with love and kindness.”

Anti-Trump protesters block I-25 as they march through central Denver Thursday night. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Anti-Trump protesters block I-25 as they march through central Denver Thursday night. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Stein, who is Indian by birth but adopted as an infant, said that in the two days since Trump’s election, already one person has told her on social media to “go back to your country.”

Thousands of protesters  march down the 16th Street Mall. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Thousands of protesters march down the 16th Street Mall. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Ted Marker, 25, one of the protest organizers, said the highway closure was not connected to the main protest.

“It took a turn we felt was off message,” he said. “The crowd was leading itself.”

Late Thursday, a small band of protesters continued to march through downtown Denver.

Protesters led by an activist called "Phoenix" gather around the Capitol. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)   capitol building; gold dome;

Protesters led by an activist called "Phoenix" gather around the Capitol. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

This man with a Confederate flag flying from his pickup truck told Channel 7 he was chased by protesters.

“I don’t know what their problem was honestly,” he said. “I’m not 100 percent sure.”

Thousands of protesters march Champa Street. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Thousands of protesters march Champa Street. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Protesters fill 17th Street with Union Station visible in the background. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Protesters fill 17th Street with Union Station visible in the background. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Thousands march down Champa. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Thousands march down Champa. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

"The" protest organizer "Phoenix" yells as the crowd turns onto Colfax. An anti-Trump rally. Nov. 11, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  politics; protest; denver; denverite; kevinjbeaty; colorado; trump;

Protest organizer "Phoenix" yells as the crowd turns onto Colfax. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Niko Pena raises a heart during an anti-Trump rally. Nov. 11, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  politics; protest; denver; denverite; kevinjbeaty; colorado; trump;

Niko Pena raises a heart during an anti-Trump rally. Nov. 11, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Protesters fill Colfax at Speer. An anti-Trump rally. Nov. 11, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  politics; protest; denver; denverite; kevinjbeaty; colorado; trump;

Protesters fill Colfax at Speer. An anti-Trump rally. Nov. 11, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Jazs Orion stands amid a massive crowd at the Capitol. An anti-Trump rally. Nov. 11, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  politics; protest; denver; denverite; kevinjbeaty; colorado; trump;

Jazs Orion stands amid a massive crowd at the Capitol. An anti-Trump rally. Nov. 11, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

"My mom taight me to stand up for what I believe in so here I am today." An anti-Trump rally. Nov. 11, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  politics; protest; denver; denverite; kevinjbeaty; colorado; trump;

"My mom taught me to stand up for what I believe in so here I am today." (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Protesters led by an activist called "Phoenix" fill the 16th Street Mall. An anti-Trump rally. Nov. 11, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  politics; protest; denver; denverite; kevinjbeaty; colorado; trump;

Protesters led by an activist called "Phoenix" fill the 16th Street Mall. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Officer Wallace Sam waits on a bike as protesters walk down Colfax. An anti-Trump rally. Nov. 11, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  politics; protest; denver; denverite; kevinjbeaty; colorado; trump;

Officer Wallace Sam waits on a bike as protesters walk down Colfax. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Colorado state representative Joe Salazar broadcasts the march live. An anti-Trump rally. Nov. 11, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  politics; protest; denver; denverite; kevinjbeaty; colorado; trump;

Colorado state representative Joe Salazar broadcasts the march live. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Protesters fill Civic Center Park from the City and County Building all the way to the Capitol. An anti-Trump rally. Nov. 11, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  politics; protest; denver; denverite; kevinjbeaty; colorado; trump;`

Protesters fill Civic Center Park from the City and County Building all the way to the Capitol. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Protesters sit above the Capitol steps after an anti-Trump rally. Nov. 11, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  politics; protest; denver; denverite; kevinjbeaty; colorado; trump;

Protesters sit above the Capitol steps. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Protesters stand atop a statue in front of the Capitol. An anti-Trump rally. Nov. 11, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  politics; protest; denver; denverite; kevinjbeaty; colorado; trump;

Protesters stand atop a statue in front of the Capitol. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Protesters fill Civic Center Park from the City and County Building all the way to the Capitol. An anti-Trump rally. Nov. 11, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  politics; protest; denver; denverite; kevinjbeaty; colorado; trump;

Protesters fill Civic Center Park from the City and County Building all the way to the Capitol. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Colorado state representative Joe Salazar raises a fist above the march from a Capitol terrace. An anti-Trump rally. Nov. 11, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  politics; protest; denver; denverite; kevinjbeaty; colorado; trump;

Colorado state representative Joe Salazar raises a fist above the march from a Capitol terrace. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Denver's Metro Swat Bureau officers take off on 12th Ave south of the Denver Art Museum as protester factions split up after the initial march. An anti-Trump rally. Nov. 11, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  politics; protest; denver; denverite; kevinjbeaty; colorado; trump;

Denver's Metro Swat Bureau officers take off on 12th Ave., south of the Denver Art Museum, as protester factions split up after the initial march. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Protesters gather near I-25 as police repel them from entering and blocking the highway. An anti-Trump rally. Nov. 11, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  politics; protest; denver; denverite; kevinjbeaty; colorado; trump;

Protesters gather near I-25 as police repel them from entering and blocking the highway. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

An officer with a baton allows someone to jump a concrete barrier beside I-25 and leave. An anti-Trump rally. Nov. 11, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  politics; protest; denver; denverite; kevinjbeaty; colorado; trump;

An officer with a baton allows someone to jump a concrete barrier beside I-25 and leave. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Around 10 police cars sped across the Auraria Parkway Bridge above I-25 as protesters attempted to block the highway. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Around 10 police cars sped across the Auraria Parkway Bridge above I-25 as protesters attempted to block the highway. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Cars are stuck at near standstill on an I-25 onreamp as protesters attempt to block the highway. An anti-Trump rally. Nov. 11, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  politics; protest; denver; denverite; kevinjbeaty; colorado; trump;

Cars are stuck at near standstill on an I-25 onramp as protesters attempt to block the highway. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)