Peaceful but divided: Longmont intersection sees contrast in political views during weekend rallies

Peaceful but divided: Longmont intersection sees contrast in political views during weekend rallies

Diane Wood joins others protesting President Donald Trump and supporting Democrats. Supporters for Trump and Biden hold signs and protest along Main Street in Longmont on October 24, 2020. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer) Main Street in Longmont has for months been divided by the colors red and blue. Drivers passing along the major thoroughfare have likely witnessed the contrast in their travels. That and traffic jams and cheers of protesters and responding horn honks. That was the scene Saturday at Sixth Avenue and Main Street as protesters rallied at the popular demonstration spot. With the Nov. 3 presidential election days away, the intersection represents a divide that has played out across the country, though, fortunately Longmont protests have remained peaceful. On Oct. 10 a shooting in Denver left Lee Keltner, a 49-year-old demonstrator at a Patriot Rally, dead. Other instances of unrest across the nation at demonstrations have made headlines. Clutching an American flag that flapped in the breeze Saturday, Jeffrey Justice, of Longmont, took up his usual post among roughly 30 people on the east side of the street, surrounded by chants of “Four more years!” — a reference to electing President Donald Trump for a second term. Blasting country music merged with the continuous sounds of car horns blaring along Main Street. Across the street, on the west side, protesters with a message to vote for presidential candidate Joe Biden also rallied. “This isn’t a counter-protest,” Justice said. “This is a freedom rally.” Some on the west side […]

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