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'Hate Won' - People of all ages, faiths and nationalities protest Trump victory in US polls
Thursday November 10, 2016 12:58 PM, Agencies

Trump 'Hate Won'
[Krystina Robinson of Las Vegas carries a placard in protest against the election of Republican Donald. (Photo: Reuters)]

New York:
Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators marched in cities across the United States on Wednesday to protest against Republican Donald Trump's surprise presidential election win, blasting his campaign rhetoric about immigrants, Muslims and other groups.

People from all ages, faiths and nationalities assembled at landmark locations in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, California, Colorado, Seattle and other cities protesting against Trump, barely a day after he registered a stunning presidential victory against Hillary Clinton.

The protesters were seen walking on roads and highways between moving traffic, holding a multitude of placards and expressing their resentment for Trump through slogans such as 'No more Hate' and 'Trump is not our President'.

In New York, thousands filled streets in midtown Manhattan as they made their way to Trump Tower, Trump's gilded home on Fifth Avenue. Hundreds of others gathered at a Manhattan park and shouted "Not my president."

Kelly Lopez, a young Latino said, she has been upset since morning when it was clear that Trump will be the next US President. She said a person who throughout his campaign has resorted to racism, bigotry, fascism and insulting women and minorities, cannot change overnight and say that he will work for all American people.

"You have bases your entire electoral race on bringing down people, you cannot suddenly change that," she said.

John Jacob, referring to Trump's victory speech, said he does not trust Trump when he said he will "bind the wounds of division".

"How does he take back everything he said in his campaign and the debates," Jacob said, adding that Trump does not have the experience or the intelligence of Clinton.

In downtown Chicago, an estimated 1,800 people gathered outside the Trump International Hotel and Tower, chanting phrases like "No Trump! No KKK! No racist USA."

In Los Angeles, protesters sat on the 101 Hollywood Freeway, blocking traffic as police in riot gear watched. A rally and march drew more than 5,000 people, many of whom were high school and college students, earlier in Los Angeles, local media reported.

A young African American student Elaz Iben said Trump will be president of the country for the next four years and "while I will respect the institution of the presidency, I will also respect my right to protest."

The protests in the city as well as across other parts of the country were organised by a group called Socialist Alternative.

"The victory of Donald Trump is being met with shock, fear, and anger. Especially for immigrants, Muslims, people of color, women, and other oppressed people who Trump has singled out for attack, the question of how to defend themselves against the coming attacks is sharply posed," the group said.

It urged people to come together and demonstrate their "mass opposition" to Trump.

"Build a wall around Trump's bigoted agenda," the group said on its Facebook page.

The group said the protests must be the beginning of "coordinated nationwide mobilisations to organise millions into a massive grassroots movement.

Earlier on Wednesday, some 1,500 students and teachers rallied in the courtyard of Berkeley High School, in a San Francisco Bay Area city known for its liberal politics, before marching toward the campus of the University of California, Berkeley, Reuters reported.

Hundreds of high school and college students also walked out in protest in Seattle, Phoenix, Los Angeles and three other Bay Area cities - Oakland, Richmond and El Cerrito.

A predominantly Latino group of about 300 high school students walked out of classes on Wednesday in Los Angeles and marched to the steps of City Hall, where they held a brief but boisterous 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 United States with them illegally, school officials said, and who fear deportation under a Trump administration.

"A child should not live in fear that they will be deported," said Stephanie Hipolito, one of the student organizers of the walkout. She said her parents were U.S. citizens.


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