Stu­dents in Wash­ing­ton, NY ditch class to protest Trump

Fight­ing to the end

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

WASH­ING­TON: Hun­dreds of stu­dents in Wash­ing­ton ditched school Tues­day to protest against US Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump, march­ing through the heart of the US cap­i­tal be­fore de­scend­ing on the White House.

They joined youth across the coun­try who have staged sim­i­lar walk­outs since Trump’s shock vic­tory on Novem­ber 8, car­ry­ing signs with mes­sages like “spread love,” “my black is beau­ti­ful” and “make Amer­ica gay again.” The young pro­test­ers marched across the Mall, the grassy es­planade that runs from the Capi­tol to the Lin­coln Me­mo­rial.

Anna, a 17-year-old im­mi­grant from El Sal­vador, said she was “un­cer­tain about my fu­ture.” “I’m wor­ried that when this man gets into of­fice we won’t be safe on the streets any­more.” Trump has pledged to end Barack Obama’s De­ferred Ac­tion for Child­hood Ar­rivals pol­icy pro­tect­ing youth like Anna who ar­rived in the coun­try il­le­gally as chil­dren. But the pres­i­den­t­elect has not in­di­cated whether end­ing the pro­gram would re­sult in the de­por­ta­tion of those al­ready en­rolled.

“Even if we don’t make a dif­fer­ence, we’ll know that we fought to the end,” she said.

Wear­ing a shirt with the phrase “Nasty Woman”-a nod to Trump’s “such a nasty woman” dig aimed at Clin­ton dur­ing the fi­nal pres­i­den­tial de­bate-Nell called Trump “an ex­tremely dan­ger­ous man in an ex­tremely pow­er­ful po­si­tion.” “There’s so much anger and frus­tra­tion be­cause it’s not fair-al­most ev­ery­one here who’s protest­ing can’t vote,” the 13-year-old said. “This is their way of show­ing that there needs to be a change and that things aren’t right.”

‘Get out of my swamp’

Eva, 16, said the protests gave hope for the fu­ture. “You’re look­ing at it,” she said, mo­tion­ing to the hun­dreds of ral­ly­ing stu­dents as they marched to­ward the White House, Trump’s fu­ture res­i­dence. She hoisted a poster that said “Get out of my swamp”-a ref­er­ence to Trump’s vow to drain Wash­ing­ton of cor­rup­tion.

She said can­di­dates in the next elec­tion need “to do a bet­ter job of ac­tu­ally talk­ing to peo­ple who are dis­af­fected, who are up­set. “There needs to be more work in small towns.” Hun­dreds of high school stu­dents also demon­strated in New York Tues­day morn­ing out­side Trump Tower, protest­ing in the pour­ing rain as the pres­i­dent-elect hud­dled in­side with Vice pres­i­den­t­elect Mike Pence to nail down cabi­net ap­point­ments. “No Ku Klux Klan, no fas­cists, no racists” the stu­dents shouted in turn, al­ter­nat­ing their cries with: “Say it loud, say it clear, refugees are wel­come here.”

Some in the crowd shouted “My body my choice,” giv­ing voice to con­cerns about re­verses on women’s rights to abor­tion un­der Trump, who has vowed to put pro­life jus­tices on the na­tion’s high court. Trump Tower-where dozens of po­lice stood guard-has been the fo­cus of protests ev­ery day since the New York bil­lion­aire’s elec­tion.

CHICAGO: Stu­dents at the Univer­sity of Chicago par­tic­i­pate in a walk-out and rally to protest Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump on Tues­day.

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