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At Least 4 North Carolina Cities Holding 'March For Truth' Rallies Saturday

Nick de la Canal

In uptown Charlotte's Romare Bearden Park, more than 100 people assembled early Saturday afternoon to air their grievances with the Trump administration and to call for an independent commission into possible Russian ties to the 2016 election.

Several of the protesters held signs decrying Trump's recent move to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord. Others displayed posters calling for swift investigations into the Trump team, or calling on the president to release his tax returns.

"We're being hit daily with propaganda and gas lighting that's trying normalize what's happening around us, and it's not normal" said one women, sparking a round of "This is not normal" chants.

Their concerns were echoed at other rallies in Asheville, Raleigh, Pinehurst, and dozens of other cities across the county. The demonstrations were held in conjunction with a national "March For Truth" staged in Washington, D.C. on Saturday.

Organizers of the national march said their event's purpose was to call for an independent commission to examine possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, and for congress to require Donald Trump to release his tax returns and clarify his business interests and obligations to any foreign entity.

The demonstration in Charlotte did not draw counter-protesters, though in D.C., a number of Trump supporters organized a "Pittsburgh Not Paris" rally at the same time as the "March For Truth" event. Attendees at the pro-Trump rally expressed support for the president's decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord.