ANTI-TRUMP PROTESTS ERUPT IN SEVERAL US CITIES
November 10, 2016 | Uhuruspirit
Demonstrators protest outside of the Trump Tower November 9, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. PHOTO | JOHN GRESS | AFP
Donald Trump's election victory sparked large demonstrations in cities across the United States late Wednesday.
Protesters yelling "Not my president!" peacefully took to the streets of New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and Washington DC to voice their anger at the president-elect.
In Trump's hometown of New York, thousands marched down Manhattan's 6th Avenue toward the real estate mogul's Trump Tower skyscraper, which serves as the headquarters of his business conglomerate.
Large crowds also formed outside the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago, snarling traffic as protesters at times occupied all six lanes of Michigan Avenue, a key downtown boulevard.
"No Trump! No KKK! No fascists USA!" they chanted, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Protesters sent similar messages in other cities, such as Boston, where local media said thousands had massed at the Boston Common public park. One placard there read: "He Made America Hate Again."
Nearly 24 hours after the Republican candidate was declared the winner over Hillary Clinton, many in the deeply polarized country were voicing their frustrations and fears for the future, with the hashtag #NotMyPresident trending on social media.
There were also local news reports of high school students in many cities staging walk-outs in protest of the election results.
In Washington, a crowd of more than a hundred were seen chanting "Love not hate" in an march down 15th St toward the White House, where Trump was due to meet President Barack Obama on Thursday to discuss their transition of power.
On the West Coast, a crowd shouting "Stand up, fight back!" and "Solidarity!" had gathered at a park in the Pacific Northwest city of Seattle, video posted on social media showed.
Trump has drawn fire for numerous controversial policies and remarks, including urging a ban on Muslims entering the US as well as calling Mexicans rapists and criminals. Several women have accused him of lewd sexual behaviour and assault.
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