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Small crowd protests Donald Trump in Boston

Eva Tena, 30, who organized the protest, said she was “sad for America” after the election.
Eva Tena, 30, who organized the protest, said she was “sad for America” after the election.John Tlumacki/Globe Staff/Globe Staff

A crowd of about 50 gathered on Boston Common to denounce President-elect Donald Trump on Saturday afternoon, condemning his racially charged statements and demeaning comments about women.

Standing outside Park Street station, the diverse crowd chanted, “Love trumps hate” and toted signs with messages such as, “Rise up + resist,” and, “Hate won’t make us great again.”

When the chant turned to “Not my president,” Dawn Dreisbach, 49, said she couldn’t join in.

Dreisbach said she voted for Hillary Clinton but respects the electoral process. Trump is her president even if she wouldn’t have chosen him, she said.

“Honestly, I really want to work with people who voted for the other side,” said Dreisbach, of Framingham. “I hope that religious organizations and social organizations can come together with politicians from both sides of the aisle.”

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James Louis, 27, of Brockton called for a national dialogue.

“I think we face a challenge in this country in that there are so many issues we’ve ignored over the past couple of decades,” he said. “Now it’s the time to take action and hold each other accountable.”

Eva Tena, 30, who organized the protest, said she had volunteered for Clinton and was “sad for America” when Clinton lost the election. Now, she fears Trump will keep his promise to deport millions of undocumented immigrants.

She planned the protest to help immigrants, people of color, and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community stand together, she said.

“My thought is just to unify people,” said Tena, of Roxbury. “Ever since Trump was elected, there has been fear.”

The demonstration spawned no apparent violence and attracted no organized counter-protest, but some passersby made their disagreement clear.

A brightly clad jogger shouted “Get a job!” at the protesters and made an obscene gesture as she ran past. A man crossing the plaza called out, “You should have voted on Tuesday.”

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Saturday’s protest was smaller than other demonstrations in Boston since the election. About 4,000 people marched through downtown Wednesday, and more than 1,000 attended a “love rally” Friday on Boston Common.

Anti-Trump protests also took place Saturday in Worcester, where more than 200 rallied in front of City Hall and marched through downtown, and in Providence, where nearly 400 gathered.

In Meriden, Conn., two men attacked a man waving an American flag and holding a Trump sign Saturday afternoon, local police said.


Material from the Associated Press was used in this report. Jeremy C. Fox can be reached at jeremy.fox@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jeremycfox.