Thousands hold hands to protest President Trump on Golden Gate Bridge

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Saturday, January 21, 2017
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Thousands of people are gathering to form a human chain on the sidewalk across the Golden Gate Bridge Friday morning.

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- An estimated 3,500 demonstrators formed a human chain along the east sidewalk of the Golden Gate Bridge Friday morning, stretching nearly the entire span.

The "Bridge Together Golden Gate" event was created by Sausalito-based event production company satoriteller. Many held signs that said, "Love is our resistance."

The demonstration was not a protest of President Donald Trump's inauguration Friday, but was described as more of a demonstration of democracy at an elemental level to prove people could assemble peacefully to share stories and create a place for togetherness, satoriteller Chief Operating Officer David Morris said.

The event symbolized inclusiveness and democracy, love trumping hate and a rejection hateful rhetoric.

The event's participants, who were urged to wear or bring purple fabric. "All the reasons why you're unhappy or all the reasons why don't like the results - it wasn't about that. It was about goodness coming together," San Francisco resident Genevieve Ferguson said.

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Thousands of people gathered to form a human chain on the sidewalk across the Golden Gate Bridge Friday morning as Donald Trump took the oath of office. (KGO-TV)

There were some small gaps including a section near the north end of the bridge. Participants held hands, chanted and moved in a wave formation in several sections, according to the District.

The event closed several parking lots - including the one by the welcome center and Vista Point. Still, traffic was light, and parking lots have since reopened.

Zane Grimm - a veteran - says he was inspired to demonstrate in the rain because of his daughter. He's skeptical of the new president. "He promises the veterans a lot of things. I'd like to see him produce," Grimm said.

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Some protests to Trump's inauguration in the country were not peaceful, and San Francisco police made 11 arrests.

"We wanted to plant the seeds of action. This was not a time to protest," Morris said.

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