Protest Against President Trump

Donald Trump’s win sparks protests in New York,
Thousands of people opposing president-elect Donald
Trump march in Chicago and New York, chanting “not
my president”.
A march in Chicago was one of Wednesday’s many anti-
Trump rallies [Felicia Darnell/Al Jazeera]
Thousands of people have taken to the streets in several
US cities to protest against Republican Donald Trump’s
surprise victory in the presidential election, condeming
his campaign rhetoric around immigrants, Muslims and
other groups.
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On Wednesday evening, thousands of protesters
thronged streets in midtown Manhattan, New York City.
Some burned a US flag as they reached the Trump Tower
while other chanted: “Not my president”.
In Chicago, roughly 1,000 people attempted to gather
outside the Trump International Hotel and Tower
downtown while chanting phrases like “No Trump! No
KKK! No racist USA”.
Chicago police closed roads in the area, blocking the
demonstrators’ path.
Protesters condemned Trump’s campaign pledge to build
a wall along the border with Mexico to keep out
undocumented immigrants and other policies perceived
as affecting people of colour.
In his victory speech, however, Trump said he would be
president for all Americans, saying: “It is time for us to
come together as one united people.”
In Chicago, Angie Victoria, 27, told Al Jazeera: “I think
[Trump] getting elected is an atrocity. There’s no way
he’s qualified to be president, he’s so erratic. There’s no
platform; he just appealed to people stewing in bigotry
and racism.”
Izzy Mosser, 19, said: “A presidency under Trump is …
scary. The only good thing is that people are coming
together to stop him. It’s dividing and uniting at the
same time.”
Protesters reach Trump Tower as they march in
Manhattan, New York [Eduardo Munoz/Reuters]
In Austin, the Texas capital, about 400 people staged a
march through the city’s streets, police said.
Other protests were organised in Washington, DC, San
Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Tennessee and other cities.
Earlier in the day, some 1,500 California students and
teachers rallied in the courtyard of Berkeley High School,
a San Francisco Bay Area city known for its progressive
politics, before marching towards the campus of the
University of California, Berkeley.
Hundreds of high school and college students walked
out in protest in Seattle, Phoenix, Los Angeles and three
other cities in the Bay Area, Richmond, El Cerrito and
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A predominantly Latino group of about 300 high school
students walked out of classes on Wednesday morning
in Los Angeles and marched to the steps of City Hall,
where they held a brief but energetic rally.
Chanting in Spanish, “The people united will never be
defeated,” the group held signs with slogans such as
“Not Supporting Racism, Not My President” and
“Immigrants Make America Great.”
Many of those students were members of the “Dreamers”
generation, children whose parents entered the US with
them illegally, school officials said, and who fear
deportation under a Trump administration.
Wednesday’s demonstrations followed a night of
protests around the San Francisco Bay Area and
elsewhere in the country in response to Trump’s
political upset.
In heavily Democrat Washington, DC, hundreds of Trump
opponents and a few of his supporters gathered by the
White House, chanting in support of immigrants and
against the president-elect.
Demonstrators attacked storefront windows and set
garbage and tyres ablaze late on Tuesday in the
business district of Oakland, California.
Police detain a protester marching against Trump in
Oakland [Noah Berger/Reuters]


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