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Anti-Kavanaugh ‘flash protest’ draws about 100 people

Demonstrators took to the streets in Downtown Albuquerque on Friday to join in nationwide protests of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

About 100 people lined all sides of the intersection at Fourth and Gold, holding signs that called for an FBI investigation into allegations that Kavanaugh was sexually inappropriate with three women in his younger years.

Lisa Christopherson, part of a group called Resist Tyranny Tuesdays, helped organize the lunch-hour rally. She said the “flash protest” was hastily organized late Thursday and early Friday after Kavanaugh and accuser Christine Blasey Ford testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“We put this together in about 12 hours, so that’s pretty good turnout for 12 hours and during a workday,” Christopherson said. “People are frustrated. People are angry.”

The demonstration lasted from noon to 1 p.m., and during that time protestors kept an eye on national news. They cheered and played music when Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, announced they wanted the FBI to investigate the allegations against Kavanaugh.

Christopherson said many of the people at the rally are part of local “Indivisible” groups, which are small grassroots groups organized after Trump was elected in 2016. They aim to get people active in their local, state and national governments.

The groups have selected Fourth and Gold as a site for many of their demonstrations because many of New Mexico Congressional delegation have offices in the Simms building there.