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Anti-Trump protest set to take place during his Manchester visit

New Hampshire Union Leader

March 19. 2018 6:30AM
President Donald Trump will be in Manchester on Monday, March 19, 2018, where he's scheduled to speak at Manchester Community College. A protest of his visit has been scheduled for that day at 1 p.m. in Veterans Park in Manchester. (REUTERS/Leah Millis)

MANCHESTER - Ryan Fowler, a former drug dealer who works in the recovery community, said he's "personally insulted" by reports that President Trump's visit to the state will include Trump's endorsement of the death penalty for some drug dealers.

"Any evidence from science shows that punitive measures like these are going to make the situation worse. They are going to drive drug use further underground," said Fowler, who used to work in Manchester's Safe Station program.

"I'm personally insulted he would come here with this. He made many promises in New Hampshire about what he would do about this drug crisis, and he hasn't followed through on them."

Fowler is a lead organizer for a protest of Trump's visit with the public invited to assemble at 1 p.m. Monday in Veterans Park.

"We don't really have a game plan per se for the protest. We'll come together at the park and then engage in proper conduct, keeping to what the Secret Service requires of us. Nobody wants to get arrested."

A recovering heroin addict, Fowler said he sold marijuana and "party drugs" on the street to support his habit.

He's been sober since 2014 and credits health insurance coverage under Medicaid expansion with getting him into the treatment.

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