The Latest: Groups plan to protest Trump’s presence at game


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President Donald Trump speaks during a swearing in ceremony for the new Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

ATLANTA (AP) – The scene was relatively quiet Monday morning outside the stadium in downtown Atlanta where the College Football Playoff title game was set to be played, with some fans milling about but no anti-Trump protesters in sight.

NAACP Atlanta branch President Richard Rose said the group is urging people to wear white to the game and to wave white towels when President Donald Trump enters the stadium for the game. The white is meant to mock the “snowflake” label Trump’s supporters use to describe their opponents.

The NAACP also planned a “Twitter storm” to begin at 6 p.m. and continue through the game to highlight what they say are lies told by the president.

Another group, Refuse Fascism ATL, said it was planning a demonstration outside CNN’s world headquarters near Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The group plans to “take a knee” there at 6:30 p.m.

Atlanta police have said they will set up several designated areas for protesters and won’t interfere with demonstrations unless protesters break the law. Local, state and federal law enforcement authorities said last week that they’ve worked for months to develop security plans for the game.

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The NAACP is urging people to wear white and hold anti-Trump signs on Monday. Another group says demonstrators will “take a knee” before the big game to protest President Donald Trump’s visit to Atlanta.

Atlanta police say they worked with the Secret Service on preparations for months before the College Football Championship game between Alabama and Georgia.

The NAACP said Sunday that wearing white is meant to mock the “snowflake” label Trump’s supporters use to describe their opponents.

Another group, Refuse Fascism ATL, says that before kickoff, they’ll “take a knee against Trump” outside CNN’s world headquarters, in solidarity with athletes who have knelt during the national anthem to protest racial injustice.



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