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Protesters gather in The Loop, march toward Wash U

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Protesters gather near Washington University hours before the presidential debate. (Credit: KMOV) Protesters gather near Washington University hours before the presidential debate. (Credit: KMOV)
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(KMOV.com) – A group of protesters gathered in The Loop and shut down Delmar. The protesters marched towards Washington University where the second presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton took place.

Hours before the presidential debate, thousands of other protesters gathered in the designated “Protest Zone,” while more continue to flood in.

The crowd included college students and residents of St. Louis as well as protesters from all over the country, some from international backgrounds.

Many of the protesters marching down Delmar were part of a group advocating the minimum wage be raised to $15 an hour.

One demonstration was coordinated by more than a dozen female voters, who dressed as sections of a brick wall and stood in a line, forming what they called a “wall against misogyny.”

Sections of their outfit were adorned with words Donald Trump has used to describe women throughout the campaign.

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As the evening progressed, Donald Trump supporters began to fill the zone, holding signs supporting his campaign and protesting against Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

On the whole, the protests remain largely civil, but a few arguments did break out among a few different protest camps as they debated each candidate and the stances they represent.

Green Party supporters, including Jill Stein, were also present in the zone. They were seen holding a small rally as their Midwest campaign manager gave a brief speech in support of the Green Party. They broke out into chants for higher minimum wage and fair-labor practices.

Around 5:00 p.m., protests became more vocal, taking part in chants and giving passionate speech for the issues they believe in.

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