Amer­i­cans in Cal­i­for­nia protest elec­tion of Trump as Pres­i­dent

Obama, who branded Trump “un­fit” for of­fice, urged Amer­i­cans to ac­cept re­sults

The Star (Kenya) - - Front Page -

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

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