Immigration Protest on the Green

Locals and Students Protest on the Green

Locals and Students Protest on the Green

On Saturday June 30th, activists and protestors from the Hanover Town Democrats and the Dartmouth College Democrats filled the Green to hold a demonstration about the U.S.’s immigration crisis. The College Democrats announced the protest in a timely email to campus at 1:11 PM, stating that the time of the protest would be Noon.The crowd formed on the south end of the Green, consisting of mostly residents of the Upper Valley along with some Dartmouth students. Demonstrators formed a circle around a space cleared for individuals to voice their concerns about the situation on the U.S.’s southern border. Most protestors seemed outraged with the “family separation policy,” calling for it to end immediately (something that President Trump did halt with an executive order on June 20th). Many of those in attendance held signs criticizing President Trump, the government, and ICE. A few of these signs read: “No Baby Jails,” “Keep families together,” and “Abolish ICE Abolish Borders.” One speaker at the rally made a point to suggest that “concentration camps in military bases on the border” were in the near future. The allusions to Nazi Germany were quite clear and blatant, with one protestor in front of the Hanover in screaming “There’s Nazis in the White House, your children are in danger.” While it has been three years since President Trump announced his candidacy, the tactics employed by anti-Trump activists have not changed since then. With midterm elections this autumn, it will soon be clear whether or not the decision by the “resistance” to keep the same tactics will prove to be effective.