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Immigration protest draws large crowd in Dayton
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Around 1200 people rallied Saturday in downtown Dayton against the Trump administration's controversial separation and detention of immigrant families at the United States-Mexico border.

The protest, organized by a coalition of activisit groups including Dayton Indivisable For All (DIFA) and Organizing for Action (OFA), was one of more than 700 “Families Belong Together” immigration rallies held nationwide on Saturday, and the second immigration protest to be held in Dayton in June.

Dayton's March For Our Lives anti-gun-violence rally drew hundreds of protesters to Courthouse Square
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Emotional speeches and chants filled Courthouse Square Saturday for the Dayton March For Our Lives protest. People in other Ohio cities, including Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati, also gathered for anti-gun-violence demonstrations. 

The rallies were timed to coincide with the national March For Our Lives in Washington, D.C. That student-led march drew hundreds of thousands of protesters to the nation's capital, the Associated Press reports, numbers that make it one of the largest youth protest marches in decades.