Groups rally to promote their causes before, during VP debate in Salt Lake City

Groups rally to promote their causes before, during VP debate in Salt Lake City

SALT LAKE CITY — As Republican Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris sparred inside Kingsbury Hall — including interrupting each other and talking over the moderator — hundreds of protesters verbally jousted on the streets off campus. Demonstrators of all kinds, including a group of Armenians waving red, blue and orange flags, starting gathering outside the perimeter of the vice presidential debate venue at the University of Utah in the hours before the debate began. People wearing Make America Great Again hats and carrying large Trump flags outnumbered anyone rallying for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, though the group of Armenians, some who traveled to Utah from other states, stood front and center protesting Turkish atrocities against their country. Police in riot gear arrived just as the debate began to separate groups heatedly shouting “Black lives matter” and “All lives matter” back and forth at each other. After the debate started, chanting protesters walked down University Street to the intersection of 200 South where they were engaged and eventually surrounded by supporters of President Donald Trump. The heated exchanges prompted police to move through the tightly packed crowd to separate the two sides. Within 15 minutes of the debate’s start, dozens of officers in riot gear and face shields formed a line between the two sides, although many people ran around them to argue with those of the opposing side. Police eventually parked three vans in the intersection. Meanwhile, a man played a saxophone, including several […]

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