Columbus high school students lead protest at Statehouse

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — About 100 people gathered to protest new Trump Administration policies, including temporary travel restrictions from seven countries in North Africa and the Middle East.  But, this protest was a little different. It was organized by some Columbus high school students.

Protest Co-Organizer Kanyinsola Oye explains, “Our generation is always belittled that we don’t care about anything. We just go with the flow. That’s not it. We care about so many social issues. We are aware.”

Oye led cheers and several others followed her lead.

President Donald Trump supports the temporary travel restrictions.

“The time is overdue to develop a new screening test for the threats we face today,” he said recently.

He has said this new executive order is working nicely and something similar to this policy should have been implemented years ago.

Co-Organizer Ramy Hassan says these policies directly impact many central Ohioans.

“They affect our family members, our friends,” he said. “They affect our teachers. We need to let the world know the youth is out there listening. They are fighting.”

As protesters lined High Street near the Ohio Statehouse, mounted units from Columbus Police watched as well as a number of Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers.

Hassan hopes this protest led by teens inspires more young people to get involved.

“They have a voice and they should be able to use it. They have first amendment rights like everyone else does in America. As American citizens we should be out here protesting, fighting for things we believe.”

Oye says it is important for the younger generation to participate in politics and current events.

“We really want to change the world,” she said. “We don’t want to accept what our parents were able to accept. My parents during their time just had to accept it, you can’t do anything about it.  No, I am going to stand for change. I’m not going to accept the horrors of the world or the hate Donald Trump is spewing towards people. I am not accepting that.”

https://www.facebook.com/HarrisonNBC4/posts/1362051883852498Reporter Harrison Hove is following this story and will have the latest coming up on NBC4 at 5 and 6. For more stories right now, grab our free news app for iPhone or Android.

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