Turn­ing out against Trump

China Daily (USA) - - FRONT PAGE - By AGEN­CIES

Demon­stra­tors chant dur­ing a protest march against the elec­tion of Repub­li­can Don­ald Trump as Pres­i­dent of the United States, in Las Ve­gas, Ne­vada on Nov 12.

Demon­stra­tors in ma­jor US cities took to the streets for a fifth straight day on Sun­day to protest Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump, whose cam­paign man­ager said Pres­i­dent Barack Obama and Demo­crat Hil­lary Clin­ton should do more to sup­port a peace­ful tran­si­tion.

Fol­low­ing sev­eral nights of un­rest, crowds of peo­ple marched in parks in New York City and San Fran­cisco, and planned to do so in Oak­land, Cal­i­for­nia, ac­cord­ing to so­cial me­dia.

A few thou­sand joined a march at the south end of New York’s Cen­tral Park, be­gin­ning at a Trump prop­erty on Colum­bus Cir­cle and walked to­ward the real es­tate mogul’s sky­scraper head­quar­ters less than a mile away.

They chanted, “Say it loud, say it clear, im­mi­grants are wel­comed here!” and “We are here to stay!”

Demon­stra­tors car­ried signs in English and Span­ish say­ing things like “Hate won’t make us great”.

Thou­sands in sev­eral cities have demon­strated since the re­sults from Tues­day’s elec­tion showed Trump, a Repub­li­can, lost the pop­u­lar tally but gained enough votes in the 538-per­son Elec­toral Col­lege to win the pres­i­dency, sur­pris­ing the world.

Largely peace­ful demon­stra­tors in ur­ban ar­eas have said Trump threat­ens their civil and hu­man rights. They have de­cried Trump’s cam­paign prom­ises to re­strict im­mi­gra­tion and reg­is­ter Mus­lims, as well as al­le­ga­tions the for­mer re­al­ity-TV star sex­u­ally abused women.

Dozens have been ar­rested and a hand­ful of po­lice in­jured.

In San Fran­cisco on Sun­day, about 1,000 peo­ple marched through Golden Gate Park to­ward a beach where they chanted, “Let’s make waves.” They held signs such as “I re­sist racism” and “Down with the Trumps.”

Other protests were ex­pected Sun­day in St Louis, Philadel­phia, Den­ver, as well as smaller cities like Worces­ter, Mas­sachusetts and Iowa City, Iowa.

In Los An­ge­les, an es­ti­mated 8,000 peo­ple marched on Satur­day to con­demn what they saw as Trump’s hate speech about Mus­lims, his pledge to de­port peo­ple in the coun­try il­le­gally and crude com­ments about women.

Say it loud, say it clear, im­mi­grants are wel­comed here.” Chant at anti-Trump rally in New York City on Sun­day

Civil rights groups have mon­i­tored vi­o­lence against US mi­nori­ties since Trump’s win, cit­ing re­ports of at­tacks on women in Is­lamic head scarves, of racist graf­fiti and of bul­ly­ing of im­mi­grant chil­dren. They have called on Trump to de­nounce the at­tacks.

Trump said he was “so sad­dened” to hear of in­stances of vi­o­lence by some of his sup­port­ers against mi­nori­ties, ac­cord­ing to a tran­script re­leased on Sun­day of an in­ter­view with the CBS pro­gram 60 Min­utes.

Kellyanne Con­way, Trump’s cam­paign man­ager, said on Fox News on Sun­day that she was sure many of the pro­test­ers were paid pro­fes­sion­als, though she of­fered no proof.

Sug­gest­ing a dou­ble stan­dard, Con­way said on NBC’s Meet the Press that if Clin­ton had won and Trump sup­port­ers had protested, “peo­ple would be freak­ing out that his sup­port­ers were not ac­cept­ing elec­tion re­sults”.

“It’s time re­ally for Pres­i­dent Obama and Sec­re­tary Clin­ton to say to these pro­test­ers, ‘This man is our pres­i­dent,’” she said on NBC.

Repub­li­can House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Speaker Paul Ryan told CNN on Sun­day that protests are pro­tected by the First Amend­ment as long as they are peace­ful.

DAVID BECKER / REUTERS

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