AURORA — Protesters on Saturday marched several miles from Denver to an immigrant detention center in Aurora where dozens of counter-demonstrators were waiting.

Police shut down streets and were out in force on Saturday as the demonstrators walked from Denver's City Park to the privately run U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in Aurora.

Protesters and counter-protesters were separated by barricades manned by police in riot gear.

The ICE center run by GEO Group has been the scene of multiple protests by people opposed to the Trump administration's immigration policies and enforcement actions.

The Aurora Sentinel reports 100 people participated in Saturday's march. Other reports said there were dozens of counter-protesters.

The two groups dispersed peacefully shortly after the marchers arrived, around 3 p.m.

Aurora Police Chief Nick Metz said his department had expected large crowds and that hundreds of hours of planning went into ensuring safety for both groups during the event.

"That was why we had ... the number of officers we had out here and the type of equipment," Metz said. "We also wanted to make sure the people out there, exercising their first amendment rights, were safe."

During a July 12 protest, some demonstrators pulled down the center's American flag, replacing it with a Mexican one.

A protest Thursday near the home of the facility's director resulted in three arrests.

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