POSTED ON Friday, May 01, 2009 AT 06:00PM
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March, counterprotest draw smaller crowds

Yakima Herald-Republic

GORDON KING/Yakima Herald-Republic
From left, Lloyd Jensen, Marge Heether, Bob Quist and Frank Warren made their views known to motorists passing by on First Street in Yakima on May 1, 2009. They were protesting the immigration rights march that took place in Yakima.

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Notes from today's immigration march and counterprotest in downtown Yakima.

5:40 p.m. -- Marchers took off from Miller Park about 5:20 p.m., after hearing from rally organizers.

Nearly 600 people were marching, according to a Herald-Republic head count.

Later on Third Street, police Capt. Rod Light said there were 600 people tops.

“It’s a much smaller group than we’ve had in years past,