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Thousands rally against Georgia immigration law

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ATLANTA (AP) — Thousands rallied at the Georgia Capitol to protest the state's new immigration law, which they say creates an unwelcome environment for people of color and those in search of a better life.

Men, women and children converged on downtown Atlanta for Saturday's march and rally, cheering speakers while shading themselves with umbrellas and posters.

Capitol police and organizers estimated that between 8,000 and 14,000 protesters gathered. They filled the blocks around the Capitol, holding signs decrying House Bill 87 and reading "Immigration Reform Now!"

Saturday's rally follows a "day without immigrants," when some parts of the law took effect. It was organized by the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights. The organization asked businesses to close and community members not to work or shop to protest the law.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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