Despite fears that protests by anti-Trump demonstrators in over 20 cities would be hijacked by violent anarchists, authorities said that the rallies came and went peacefully on Saturday.
The organizers of the protest, a group known as Refuse Facism, called for millions to take to the streets on Saturday in an effort to remove the Trump administration from power.
Doomsday scenarios of mass violence and chaos, which were promoted by right-wing media outlets like Fox News, did not come to pass, according to authorities.
In Los Angeles, hundreds of protesters took to the streets of downtown to denounce President Donald Trump and his administration.
The Los Angeles Police Department said that two people were arrested during the demonstrations.
LAPD officers on bicycles managed to form a wedge separating anti-Trump protesters from scores of Trump supporters in Pershing Square.
The police deployed hundreds of officers on the streets of downtown in the morning hours leading up to the demonstration, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The protests on Saturday bore little resemblance to the stormy days immediately following Trump’s election night victory a year ago this week.
Los Angeles witnessed five days of massive protests in which hundreds of thousands took to the streets. Nearly 500 people were arrested during that week.
In New York City, hundreds took to the streets for similar anti-Trump protests that were largely peaceful.
Demonstrators gathered in Times Square for a rally and then continued south on Broadway for a second protest in Washington Square.
There are no reports of any arrests made, according to WPIX-TV.
In Chicago, over 100 protesters marched to Trump Tower on Saturday, some of them carrying signs which read ‘The Trump/Pence Regime MUST GO!’
The demonstration was peaceful, as no arrests were made, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Other demonstrations were held in at least 22 cities, including Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Honolulu, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle.
Right-wing media outlets like Alex Jones’ InfoWars began spreading conspiracy theories that ‘antifa’ anarchists were planning to ignite a civil war.
Others made wild claims including the supposed plans by demonstrators to behead white people in town squares.
Refuse Fascism vowed earlier this week to continue the protests ‘day and night’ in nearly two-dozen cities until their demand is met: the removal of Trump’s ‘regime’.
‘RefuseFascism.org called for non-violent protests to begin on Saturday in cities and towns across the country to raise the single demand: This Nightmare Must End: The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go!’ the group said in a statement on its website.
‘The plan is for these protests to continue every day until this demand is met,’ the statement continued.
The group said it hoped to emulate a series of popular demonstrations in South Korea that began in October 2016, culminating in the impeachment of that country’s president months later in March.
‘Our protest must grow day after day and night after night—thousands becoming hundreds of thousands, and then millions—determined to act to put a stop to the grave danger that the Trump/Pence Regime poses to the world by demanding that this whole regime be removed from power,’ organizers wrote.
Antifa, short for anti-fascist, are a coalition of far-left radicals who advocate ‘direct action’ against their ideological opponents, who in the past have included outright neo-Nazis as well as Trump supporters.
Homeland Security and the FBI have deemed antifa ‘domestic terrorists’.
But one Refuse Facism organizer has scoffed at the idea that the November 4 protests will be marked by violence.
‘It’s absurd. Calling for a civil war?’ Andy Zee told the Washington Post. ‘Pick a date for a civil war? Honestly, what do you say to this?’
Zee described the goal of the demonstrations: ‘Impeachment, the 25th Amendment – they will determine the means and ways when it becomes clear there is a tremendous crisis of confidence.’
The organization is engaged with a broad coalition of groups, including the Revolutionary Communist Party.