Ci­vil rights a ma­jor con­cern on se­cond day of an­ti-Trump pro­tests

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

USA - De­mon­stra­tors took to the streets across the Uni­ted Sta­tes for a se­cond day on Thurs­day to pro­test against Do­nald Trump’s pre­si­den­ti­al elec­ti­on vic­to­ry, voi­cing fears that the re­al esta­te mo­gul’s tri­umph would deal a blow to ci­vil rights.

On the East Coast, pro­tests took pla­ce in Washington, Bal­ti­mo­re, Phi­l­a­delp­hia and New York, whi­le on the West Coast de­mon­stra­tors ral­lied in Los Angeles, San Fran­cis­co and Oak­land in Ca­li­for­nia, and Port­land, Ore­gon. The pro­tests we­re for the most part pea­ce­ful and or­der­ly, alt­hough the­re we­re scat­te­red acts of ci­vil diso­be­dien­ce and da­ma­ge to pro­per­ty. Pro­tes­ters threw ob­jects at po­li­ce in Port­land and da­ma­ged cars in a dea­ler­ship lot, the Port­land Po­li­ce De­part­ment said on Twit­ter. So­me pro­tes­ters spray­ed graf­fi­ti on cars and buil­dings and smas­hed sto­re front win­dows, me­dia in Port­land said. “Ma­ny in crowd trying to get an­ar­chist groups to stop de­st­roying pro­per­ty, an­ar­chists re­fu­sing. Others en­cou­ra­ged to lea­ve area”, the de­part­ment twee­ted af­ter de­cla­ring the de­mon­stra­ti­on a ri­ot. The de­mon­stra­ti­on con­ti­nued in­to Fri­day mor­ning as Port­land po­li­ce ar­re­sted a hand­ful of pro­tes­ters and used pep­per spray and rub­ber bul­lets to try to dis­per­se the crowd, the de­part­ment said. At least 35 we­re ar­re­sted in a pro­test in down­to­wn Los Angeles, whe­re de­mon­stra­tors block­ed traf­fic and sat in the street, lo­cal me­dia re­por­ted. Do­zens in Min­ne­a­po­lis mar­ched on­to In­ter­sta­te 94, bloc­king traf­fic in both di­rec­ti­ons for at least an hour as po­li­ce stood by. A smal­ler band of de­mon­stra­tors briefly hal­ted traf­fic on a bu­sy Los Angeles free­way be­fo­re po­li­ce clea­red them. Bal­ti­mo­re po­li­ce re­por­ted that about 600 pe­o­p­le mar­ched through the down­to­wn In­ner Har­bor area, with so­me bloc­king road­ways by sit­ting in the street. Two pe­o­p­le we­re ar­re­sted. In Den­ver, a crowd that me­dia esti­ma­ted to num­ber about 3,000 gat­he­red on the grounds of the Co­lo­ra­do sta­te ca­pi­tol and mar­ched through down­to­wn in one of the lar­gest of Thurs­day’s events. Hund­reds de­mon­stra­ted through Dal­las. Thurs­day’s ga­therings we­re ge­ner­al­ly smal­ler in sca­le and less in­ten­se than Wed­nes­day’s, and teen­a­gers and young adults again do­mi­na­ted the ra­ci­al­ly mixed crowds. “Just had a very open and suc­ces­sful pre­si­den­ti­al elec­ti­on. Now pro­fes­si­o­nal pro­tes­ters, in­ci­ted by the me­dia, are pro­tes­ting. Very un­fair!” Trump twee­ted on Thurs­day. Po­li­ce pit­ched se­cu­ri­ty bar­ri­ca­des around two Trump mar­quee pro­per­ties that ha­ve be­co­me fo­cal points of the pro­tests his new­ly ope­ned Pen­n­syl­vania Ave­nue ho­tel in Washington and the high-ri­se Trump To­wer in Man­hat­tan, whe­re he li­ves. (Reu­ters.com)

Sa­ra Kas­ha­ni-Sa­bet, cen­ter, of Lick-Wil­mer­ding High School, chants in front of Ci­ty Hall in pro­test of the elec­ti­on of Re­pu­bli­can Do­nald Trump as Pre­si­dent.(Pho­to: Reu­ters.com)

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