Protesters take to streets after election
OAKLAND, CALIF. — Demonstrators angry about the election of Donald Trump smashed windows and set garbage bins on fire early Wednesday in downtown Oakland, Calif., joining protesters in New York, Chicago and elsewhere in the country who swarmed streets in response to the election. Other protests were generally peaceful.
In Oregon, dozens of people blocked traffic in downtown Portland and forced a delay for trains on two light-rail lines. Media reports said the crowd grew to about 300 people, including some who sat in the middle of a road. The crowd of anti-Trump protesters burned American flags and chanted, “That’s not my president.”
In Seattle, about 100 protesters gathered in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, blocked roads and set a trash bin on fire.
In Pennsylvania, hundreds of University of Pittsburgh students marched through the streets, with some in the crowd calling for unity. Campus protests also erupted at the University of Texas, the University of Connecticut, the University of California, Berkeley and other University of California campuses.
The Twitter hashtag “NotMyPresident” had been used nearly half a million times.
The Oakland protest grew to about 250 people by late Tuesday. Police Officer Leah McCaskill, a senior, protests Donald Trump’s presidential win Wednesday at the University of Texas in Austin. Marco Marquez said protesters damaged five businesses, breaking windows and spraying graffiti. No arrests were made.
A woman was struck by a car and severely injured when protesters got onto a highway, the California Highway Patrol said. Demonstrators vandalized the driver’s SUV before officers intervened. The highway was closed for about 20 minutes.
Elsewhere in California, more than 1,000 students at Berkeley High School staged a walk-out and marched to the campus of the University of California.
Hundreds of protesters rallying against Donald Trump’s election gather outside Trump Tower in Manhattan, part of a pattern of protests around the nation. Vandalism accompanied protests in Oakland, Calif., but demonstrations elsewhere were generally peaceful.