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Group marches in downtown SLC, demanding charges against fellow protesters be dropped

Posted at 10:03 PM, Aug 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-23 00:27:46-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Hundreds of people protested Saturday night in Salt Lake City, demanding that charges against protesters in recent rallies be dropped.

The group started at the State Capitol and then marched to Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill’s office.

The group taped signs on the building, and speakers spoke about how they were exercising their first amendment right to protest.

Several protesters had been charged with felonies that could have come with up to life in prison sentences.

The Salt Lake Tribune reported Friday that the charges have been reduced for protesters accused of vandalizing the District Attorney's building and the street in front of it with red paint.

However, the group Saturday night said that’s not enough and they want all charges dropped.

They are also calling for Gill to be fired.

Another protest with the opposite message was also held Saturday: Hundreds of people rallying in support of law enforcement met at Washington Square Park before heading up to the Capitol. The two groups did not interact.