Protesters rally in Grand Junction against National Monument decision


About 5,000 protesters gathered on Saturday in front of the Utah State Capitol against a plan proposed by the federal government to shrink two national monuments in the state.

The Trump administration devises to disintegrate and fiercely minimize the expanse of two national monuments in Utah possibly transferring a victory to rural conservatives while also sponsoring a profusion of judicial provocations by the crusaders and Native American groups.

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But the plan faces opposition from environmentalists and tribal leaders, who have decried it as illegal and an affront to Native Americans.

Locals, business owners and city officials rallied against an executive order to shrink Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments.

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It was reported that the plan would be announced by US President Donald Trump when he visits Utah next Monday, Xinhua news agency reported.

Grand Staircase Escalante and Bears Ears National Monuments are two of 26 monuments across the country that President Trump had reviewed. The President is scheduled to come to Utah Monday to make the decision final and release updated maps. One of the most contentious has been the 1.35 million-acres Bears Ears, which President Obama established. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., made the inquiry Friday after Trump's nominee to serve as Department of Agriculture general counsel informed them that the department had not recommended the Interior Department remove any Forest Service acreage from existing national monuments.

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"He will not be able to bask in one day of applause at the Salt Lake City airport" before being sued, she said.