Anti-Trump protests in the streets
Demonstrations continue around US
Rowdy protests continued for a second night in the US city of Portland, Oregon, as people around the country protested Donald Trump’s presidential election victory.
In Portland, police used tear gas and flashbang grenades on Friday to try to disperse the crowd after hundreds of people marched through the city, disrupting traffic and spraypainting graffiti. Authorities said “burning projectiles” were thrown at police and vandalism and assault had taken place during the rally, which organisers had billed as peaceful earlier in the day.
In other parts of the country, there were spirited demonstrations on college campuses and peaceful marches along downtown streets.
Hundreds joined an afternoon “love rally” in Washington Square Park in Manhattan.
Leslie Holmes, 65, a website developer from Wilton, Connecticut, took an hour-long train ride to the demonstration – her first protest since the 1970s, when she hit the streets to oppose the Vietnam War. She described herself as an armchair liberal but declared: “I’m not going to be armchair anymore.”
“I don’t want to live in a country where my friends aren’t included, and my friends are fearful, and my children are going to grow up in a world that’s frightening, and my granddaughters can look forward to being excluded from jobs and politics and fulfilling their potential, so I’m here for them,” she said.
Evening marches disrupted traffic in Miami and Atlanta.
Trump supporter Nicolas Quirico was travelling from South Beach to Miami. His car was among hundreds stopped when protesters blocked Interstate 395.
“Trump will be our president. There is no way around that and the sooner people grasp that, the better off we will be,” he said. “There is a difference between a peaceful protest and standing in a major highway backing up traffic for five miles. This is wrong.”
More than a thousand protesters took to the streets across California after night fell including downtown Los Angeles, where more than 200 were arrested a night earlier.
In Bakersfield, where Trump is far more popular than in most of the state, some held signs reading “Anti-Trump, Pro-USA”.
Small protests also were held in Detroit; Minneapolis; Kansas City, Missouri; Olympia, Washington and Iowa City.
More than 200 people, carrying signs gathered on the steps of the Washington state Capitol.
The group chanted “not my president” and “no Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA”.
200 More than 200 protesters were arrested in Los Angeles
RALLYING: Protesters march through Atlanta