Local protesters gather to greet House Speaker Paul Ryan

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Dozens of people gathered in downtown Providence to protest a visit to Rhode Island by Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Ryan arrived in Providence around 4:30 p.m. Thursday. His office said he’ll be meeting with supporters and will attend several events.

Officials with the nonprofit Year Up say Ryan will be stopping by their offices in Providence. Year Up helps low-income young adults get career training.

Protesters gathered ahead of Ryan’s visit to voice concerns regarding – among other things – health care, women’s rights, and education

Organizers of the protest – which was organized on Facebook – say it’s an opportunity for Rhode Islanders to share their feelings about the agendas of President Donald Trump and the Republican party.

“We know that this is an agenda that is coming from people like Paul Ryan and he is here to raise money to further that dangerous agenda,” said state Rep. Aaron Regunburg, (D) Providence. “We’re going to make sure that he knows that Rhode Island does not welcome that and the resistance is going to meet him wherever he goes.”