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Concert to Protest Trump's Border Wall Held at US-Mexico Border

The concert was originally supposed to happen on at Friendship Park on the U.S. side of the border side of San Diego, but was moved to the Tijuana, Mexico, side

More than 100 musicians from Mexico, the U.S., Guatemala and Europe performed a concert at the U.S.-Mexico border near San Diego Saturday in an effort to oppose President Donald Trump's plans for a border wall.

German orchestra Dresden Symphony headlined the "Tear Down That Wall!" concert with the help of international musicians. The concert's name was inspired by former President Ronald Reagan’s famous call to Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall 30 years ago. 

The concert was originally planned to take place at Friendship Park on the U.S. side of the border. Dresden Symphony called on American artists and musicians to get involved with the protest concert by sharing their own initiatives or projects at the border.

However, U.S. authorities denied permission for the event to take place on the U.S. side. The concert was moved to Tijuana, Mexico.

Keith James, an anti-Trump demonstrator at the concert, said building that border wall will only hurt families.

“It’s outrage because we know in the sights of Trump and Pence and this regime to deport millions and millions of immigrants, to discriminate against them, to detain them, to separate their families,” James said. “We cannot wait. We have to get out in the street in our millions and we’ve got to do it now. “

Saturday's concert was met with opposition.

A group of Trump supporters held their own rally on the San Diego side of the border, chanting "USA" while holding signs that read, "Yes, Yes, Build the Wall."

Trump supporter Robin Havidston was among that group.

“As Trump supporters, we decided to come out and make a statement that we support our president, and we support border security and we also support building the wall,” Havidston said. “I feel disappointed that the issue of just upholding our laws is not more prominent.”

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