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Hundreds of protesters may demonstrate before and during President Trump’s rally Saturday, congregating along the east side of Apollo Boulevard near the AeroMod International hangar entrance at Aerospace Drive.

“Our plan is to gather in what the airport personnel are calling the First Amendment zone. We’re going to peacefully demonstrate our opposition to the agenda that President Trump has been pushing,” said Devon Vann, one of the organizers.

“A lot of people are coming for a lot of different reasons. I was motivated primarily by his plan to repeal Obamacare, and not just repair it. And also, the Muslim ban. But I know there are other people coming resisting the pipelines, resisting some of the sexist comments that he’s made. There’s a lot to choose from, honestly,” Vann said.

By Friday afternoon, the Facebook event page “Resist President Trump at Melbourne Airport” had attracted more than 600 people who were “going” and 1,800 people who were “interested.”

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“The numbers are super fluid, because it is a Facebook event. We’ve had people from as far away as Pennsylvania expressing interest in coming, and people saying they might bring a bus from North Carolina. So it’s hard to pinpoint the number,” said Vann, who is a Satellite Beach stay-home mom.

“We know it’s going to be bigger than it was in September,” she said.

When Trump conducted a campaign rally at the hangar on Sept. 27, officials designated the First Amendment zone further to the south, near NASA and Airport boulevards. That protest drew a top crowd of about 50 participants, though numbers were smaller throughout most of the day.

Doors at the AeroMod International hangar will open Saturday at 3 p.m., and Trump’s event begins at 5. The protest is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m., according to the event’s Facebook page.

“The AeroMod hangar is within view. We’ll probably be able to hear him. I hope he’ll be able to hear us,” Vann said of the president. “And we will definitely be encountering more of the Trump supporters than they did in September, because of the relocation of the protest zone.”

Contact Neale at 321-242-3638, rneale@floridatoday.com or follow @RickNeale1 on Twitter

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