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Protest Rallies Against Trump Draw Thousands in Kansas, Missouri

Protesters rallied in Topeka Saturday against President Donald Trump. This was one of many protests held in cities across the country, in conjunction with the Women's March on Washington. (Photo by Dan Mantyla)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Thousands of protesters, mostly women, gathered in Missouri's two biggest cities and in the capital city of Kansas in disapproval of Donald Trump's inauguration as U.S. president. Protesters also marched in Wichita. Packing a park across from Kansas City's landmark Union Station, the throng Saturday was urged by organizers to be vigilant about the new Trump administration's policies and not let their activism wane. As a 31-year-old working in HIV prevention, Jonathon Antle said he turned out for that rally in support of women's rights, equality and gay rights. He says Trump "scares me," citing what he calls the president's "unpredictability, and his childishness with Twitter." Even in Republican-leaning Kansas, which Trump handily carried in the presidential race, at least 2,000 people turned out for a rally at the Statehouse in Topeka. Thousands also turned out for a Saturday march in St. Louis.

Sound Portrait: Protesters Rally Against Trump in Wichita

Hundreds of thousands of people marched in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, to voice their concerns about President Donald Trump and the rights of women. Similar rallies were held in cities across the nation, including Kansas City and Topeka. In Wichita, demonstrators took part in the Air Capital Women's March. As many as 3,000 men, women and children participated. Reporter Abigail Beckman compiled this sound portrait from the event.

That sound portrait was produced by Abigail Beckman, a reporter for KMUW Radio in Wichita. We heard Felida (Fuh-LEE-duh) and Paula Lopez, Adriane (aid-REE-in) Dahl, Derek Milligan, Felipa Ortiz (fuh-LEAP-uh), Ana (ON-uh) Gonzalez, JoEllen Armstrong, Matt Cannon, Janice Bradley, Melissa Beyer, Roberta Hickman, Melissa Reynolds and Brandi "Kitty" Frey (Fry).

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