Protesters kneel against Trump, with NFL players

By Ethan Andrews | Sep 25, 2017
Photo by: Ethan Andrews Protesters of President Donald Trump's remarks about football players protesting during the national anthem wave to a car in downtown Belfast Sept. 24 after getting a honk of support.

Belfast — While some residents watched football games Sunday afternoon, others congregated at the northeast corner of Main and High streets to condemn President Donald Trump's remarks about football players who kneel during "The Star-Spangled Banner."

The group at "protest corner" crouched with one knee on a gardening pad or a pillow. An American flag bearing a peace sign in the corner normally reserved for stars hung from a garbage can enclosure. Some drivers honked; others made disparaging remarks.

Over the weekend, Trump suggested in coarse language that players who kneel during the national anthem be fired. The comments referred to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's refusal to stand during the playing of the song at football games last year to draw attention to police violence against African Americans.

Trump's remarks prompted a number of other players at games this weekend to kneel or lock arms during the national anthem.

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