Thou­sands take part in anti-Trump demos

Po­lice in Ore­gon ar­rested more than 20 peo­ple on Satur­day

The Star (Kenya) - - News World -

REUTERS/ Chant­ing “Not my pres­i­dent” and “love trumps hate,” thou­sands of demon­stra­tors took the streets in ci­ties across the United States at the week­end to protest against Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump, who they say threat­ens their civil and hu­man rights.

Po­lice in Port­land, Ore­gon, where a pro­tester was shot early on Satur­day but not se­ri­ously in­jured, said they ar­rested more than 20 peo­ple late on Satur­day af­ter pro­test­ers tossed burn­ing flares and bot­tles at them and re­fused or­ders to dis­perse.

The big­gest ral­lies were in New York, Los An­ge­les and Chicago, where or­gan­is­ers said they wanted to build on the mo­men­tum af­ter sev­eral nights of protests trig­gered by the real-es­tate mogul’s sur­prise win in Tues­day’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

In New York, sev­eral thou­sand pro­test­ers marched peace­fully up Fifth Av­enue past its glitzy store fronts, some al­ready bear­ing Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions, be­fore fill­ing the streets at the foot of Trump Tower, the pres­i­dent-elect’s sky­scraper home.

“We’re hor­ri­fied the coun­try has elected an in­cred­i­bly un­qual­i­fied, misogynist, racist on a plat­form that was just to­tally hate­ful,” said Mary Florin-McBride, 62, a re­tired banker from New York who held a sign read­ing, “No Fas­cism in Amer­ica.”

There were also demon­stra­tions in Chicago and Los An­ge­les, where sev­eral thou­sand pro­test­ers gath­ered be­neath MacArthur Park’s palm trees hold­ing plac­ards in­clud­ing “Dump Trump” and “Mi­nori­ties Mat­ter,” be­fore march­ing to­ward down­town.

Some waved Amer­i­can, Mex­i­can or rain­bow flags. Hold­ing a “Keep Love Le­gal” sign, 25-year-old gay Los An­ge­les res­i­dent Alex Seed­man called Trump a fas­cist and feared he would re­peal mar­riage equal­ity.

/REUTERS

Demon­stra­tors march against Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump’s elec­tion in down­town Washington, US, af­ter leav­ing Lafayette Park near the White House on Satur­day

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