Americans in California protest election of Trump as President
Obama, who branded Trump “unfit” for office, urged Americans to accept results
BBC/ Thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets of several US cities to protest against the election of Donald Trump.
Many shouted the slogan “Not my president”. Others burned orange-haired effigies of the businessman. Trump will become the 45th US president after securing a surprise victory over Hillary Clinton.
He is due to meet White House incumbent Barack Obama for talks aimed at ensuring a smooth transition. Obama - who had branded Trump “unfit” for office and campaigned against him - urged all Americans to accept the result of Tuesday’s election.
“We are now all rooting for his success in uniting and leading the country,” he said.
Defeated Clinton also told supporters Trump had to be given a “chance to lead”. Despite their calls, protesters gathered in several cities across the country. In New York, thousands marched on Trump Tower, attacking Trump’s policies on immigration, gay rights and reproductive rights. Fifteen people were arrested, the New York Times reported.
Protests were largely peaceful but in Oakland, California, some demonstrators smashed shop windows and threw missiles at riot police, who reportedly responded with tear gas.
Demonstrations also took place in Philadelphia, Boston, Seattle and San Francisco, among other cities. In his victory speech on Wednesday, Trump vowed to “bind the wounds of division”, after an acrimonious election contest.
An image of US President-elect Donald Trump is burned by a student activist group in Manila, Philippines, yesterday / REUTERS