ANTI- Trump de­mos

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CHICAGO/ NEW YORK: De­mon­stra­tors marched in ci­ties across the United States yes­ter­day to protest against Repub­li­can Don­ald Trump’s sur­prise pres­i­den­tial elec­tion win, blast­ing his cam­paign rhetoric about im­mi­grants, Mus­lims and other groups.

In New York, thou­sands filled streets in mid­town Man­hat­tan as they made their way to Trump Tower, Trump’s gilded home on Fifth Av­enue. Hun­dreds of oth­ers gath­ered at a Man­hat­tan park and shouted “Not my pres­i­dent”.

In Los An­ge­les, pro­test­ers sat on the 110 and 101 high­way in­ter­change, block­ing traf­fic on one of the city’s main ar­ter­ies as po­lice in riot gear t ried t o clear t hem. Some 1 3 pro­test­ers were ar­rested, a lo­cal CBS af­fil­i­ate reported.

An ear­lier rally and march in Los An­ge­les drew more than 5,000 peo­ple, many of them high school and col­lege students, lo­cal me­dia reported.

A demon­stra­tion of more than 7,000 peo­ple blocked traf­fic in Oak­land, Cal­i­for­nia, po­lice said. Pro­test­ers threw ob­jects at po­lice in riot gear, burned trash in the mid­dle of an in­ter­sec­tion, set off fire­works and smashed store front win­dows.

Po­lice re­sponded by throw­ing chem­i­cal ir­ri­tants at the pro­test­ers, ac­cord­ing to a Reuters wit­ness.

Two of­fi­cers were in­jured in Oak­land and two po­lice squad cars were dam­aged, Johnna Wat­son, spokesman for the Oak­land Po­lice Depart­ment told CNN.

I n down­town Chicago, an es­ti­mated 1,800 peo­ple gath­ered outside the Trump In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel and Tower, chant­ing phrases like “No Trump! No KKK! No racist USA.”

Po­lice closed roads in the area, im­ped­ing the de­mon­stra­tors’ path. There were no im­me­di­ate re­ports of ar­rests or vi­o­lence there.

“I’m just re­ally ter­ri­fied about what’s hap­pen­ing in this coun­try,” said 22-year-old Adri­ana Rizzo in Chicago, who was hold­ing a sign that read: “En­joy your rights while you can.”

In Seat­tle, po­lice re­sponded to a shoot­ing with mul­ti­ple vic­tims near the scene of anti-Trump protests. Po­lice said it was un­re­lated to the demon­stra­tions.

Pro­test­ers railed against Trump’s cam­paign pledge to build a wall along the border with Mex­ico to keep im­mi­grants from en­ter­ing the United States il­le­gally.

Hun­dreds also gath­ered i n Philadelphia, Bos­ton and Port­land, Ore­gon, on Wed­nes­day evening. In Austin, the Texas cap­i­tal, about 400 peo­ple marched through the streets, po­lice said.

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Trump c a mpaign d i d n o t r e s p o n d i mme­di­ately t o r equests f or com­ment on the protests. Trump said in his vic­tory speech he would be pres­i­dent for all Amer­i­cans, say­ing: “It is time for us to come to­gether as one united peo­ple.”

Ear­lier this month, his cam­paign re­jected the sup­port of a Ku Klux Klan news­pa­per and said “Mr Trump and his cam­paign de­nounces hate in any form.” – Reuters

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Peo­ple gather in protest against the elec­tion of Trump as the US pres­i­dent in Seat­tle, Wash­ing­ton yes­ter­day.

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