Inauguration Protest Draws Crowd to Courthouse Square

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SCRANTON -- Close to 200 people gathered on Courthouse Square in Scranton to demonstrate against President Donald Trump.

The protest was one of many across the country organized by the group International Workers of the World.

Local organizers said they felt the need to start the protest just as President Trump was taking the oath of office.

Organized by the International Workers of the World through social media, the crowd of close to 200 came to the courthouse rather than watch the festivities in Washington D.C.

"I refused to turn on the radio," said Joanne Smith of Harford. "I refused to even turn the radio on in my vehicle, but I was on Facebook, I admit it, and it feels like a national day of mourning. That's what it feels like, I am sad."

They came to commiserate and to let President Trump know they're watching, even rooting for him.

'Hillary Clinton, I was rooting for her as the first female president. I'm sorry we didn't get to that point, but as I said, I really hope that Trump does well for our country and represents us in an appropriate manner, which he has not done thus far," said Tara Marta of Scranton.

The protesters wrote out a list of demands, including action on climate change and an increase in the minimum wage, then took that list to the regional offices of both of Pennsylvania's U.S. senators.

"Lackawanna County didn't vote for Trump, we went against Trump," said Jonathan Christiansen of Scranton. "But I felt like it was really important for us, just like all the other people around the world, to speak up especially because Trump is in power, he's a Republican. The senate is now Republican, the house is now Republican. They're going to put in, I'm sure, a conservative Supreme Court justice. So this is really the only power we have left."

Some of President Trump's supporters in Lackawanna County expressed their views in different ways. Newswatch 16 spotted a not-so-subtle sign of support in Dunmore welcoming the new president.

Some of the protesters plan to take action again on Saturday as they'll be leaving bright and early to go to the Women's March in Washington D.C.


  • Don

    In reference to the lady writing on her list of demands, I can really only make out #3 She is DEMANDING $15.00 an hour for minimum wage. I had seen an article just this last week where a city in the west had made $15.00 an hour minimum wage law within the city. Many small businesses moved out of the city, and some people just gave up and closed. One was a pizza place that had been in the city for almost thirty years. Closed, out of business, the lady that operated it said she just gives up. Twelve people became unemployed. Kids for after school jobs, done. Many other small businesses, like a car detailer, five kids and three adults, done. And on and on. What did that do to the tax base in that city? What happened to homeowners taxes in that city? How about people’s rent? Landlords taxes go up and there goes your rent. And what about all these kids and their first job? Those kids are now on the street living off mom and dad’s teet. I suppose might just as well train them young to expect everything to be handed to them. A city turned upside down because a bunch of boneheaded liberals thought EVERYONE should get $15.00 an hour. And lastly, what about the employee that had been with an employer for ten years and is making fifteen an hour? Shouldn’t they get a raise too?
    You know, this is like that Jack A** mayor in Philadelphia, he truly couldn’t believe it when he raised the taxes on soft drinks that the price of soft drinks went up in the stores. He was honestly amazed. I really hope this is the beginning of the end of these snowflakes getting what they want, no, demand.
    Looks like we are just in time to save our country. I apologise for going on and on. I just get so angry. These people live in the greatest country on this planet, but they always want more.

    • LLOyd schmucatelli

      Don, You’re one of the ones that actually gets it. You’re an American hero in your own right. Don’t ever give up, there’s still hope for people like you and I. It may not seem at times, but it’s here.

  • Jack

    That person writing on the board forgot to list there adress so we can send them a few radical somali refugees because it is your duty…

  • Stevew

    List of demands , list of demands liberals are like needy children if you want something bad enough instead if standing there crying and making lists maybe they should take it upon themselves to act upon their “demands”. I want an Oompa Loompa and I want it now daddy.

  • magicmikexxsm

    Joanne Smith of Harford. “I refused to even turn the radio on in my vehicle, but I was on Facebook, I admit it, and it feels like a national day of mourning. ……………………………………………

    Honey try prozac it will help you with your depression ……..I was a day to celebrate..I loved every minute of it……

  • burtfan16

    People refused to turn on their t.v.s and radios this morning during the inauguration ceremony? Yeah that’ll show them! You people are morons. Even worse you’re morons in denial.

  • Lloyd Schmucatelli

    It’s over losers!! The electoral college has spoken!! The electoral college is designed to keep the states in control rather than the cities. God bless our forefathers for this design, God bless President Trump and his family. God bless America


    “We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity. When America is united, America is totally unstoppable.” -Donald J. Trump. To be honest, I thought he was some sort of controlled opposition clown at first seeing that he was chummy w/ the Clintons. I admit that I was dead WRONG. Other people need to come to terms and admit as much for us to move forward with progress, instead of wallowing in personal failures. It is far better to be resolute than absolute in this world we find ourselves. I’m kind of mad that I’m not ten years younger when this happened. C’est la vie.

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