1000’s of autos hit the street in Suffolk County right now to indicate help for President Donald Trump.
A caravan of automobiles, vans and bikes — which police stated numbered about 1,500 — left East Northport for Riverhead this morning.
There have been no incidents involving clashes between Trump supporters and protesters in Riverhead till the tip of the day, lengthy after the final of the caravan had departed. Some caravan contributors returned to the Riverhead Plaza parking zone, the previous web site of the Riverhead Walmart, the place they clashed with a small group of protesters. Whereas they exchanged phrases and an argument grew heated, Riverhead Police arrived on the scene and saved the 2 teams aside. They ultimately dispersed with no bodily altercation. There have been no arrests.
The parking zone had been designated a “regrouping area” for autos on the East Northport-to-Riverhead leg of the street rally. However it was crammed to capability with some 400 autos lengthy earlier than the riders from East Northport arrived in Riverhead. The autos in Riverhead joined the caravan for the second leg of the journey to Greenport.
MAGA-Gras organizer Shawn Farash stated the turnout for the caravan right now “just incredible.”
“The whole parking lot (in East Northport) was packed. I was already in Smithtown and the first lot was just emptying out,” Farash stated.The temper was excited and upbeat among the many individuals ready within the Riverhead lot this morning, the place all of the autos sported American flags and/or Trump flags. Many have been adorned with hand-written expressions of help for the 45th President. One man took it a number of steps additional. He wore a Trump masks and was wearing traditional Trump apparel— a Navy blue go well with, white shirt and crimson tie.
Some Trump supporters lined the sidewalk outdoors the Riverhead Plaza purchasing heart, holding Trump flags aloft and waving to passing motorists who honked their help for the demonstration. Different motorists expressed their dissent with different messages and gestures as they drove previous, however most simply hit their horns.
The caravan from East Northport drove by way of Riverhead in comparatively small clusters of 5 to 10 autos. The caravan traveled the whole distance from East Northport to Riverhead on Route 25 and stopped for visitors alerts.
Farash stated the caravan handed a gaggle of protesters holding Biden/Harris indicators in Greenport. There have been no teams of protesters on Route 58 because the caravan got here by way of this afternoon. Two protesters stood on the sidewalk, one holding a hand-made signal that learn “Black Lives Matter.”
“This has been amazing,” Farash stated. It’s the second “MAGA-Gras” Farash has organized. The primary, on Sept. 6, traveled from Copiague to Patchogue, with a second leg to Smith Level Park in Shirley. It drew about 200 automobiles all informed, Farash stated.
RiverheadLOCAL images by Denise Civiletti
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