Hun­dreds march down­town to protest Trump election

No ma­jor in­ci­dents dur­ing march on Charles Street

Baltimore Sun - - NEWS - By Carrie Wells Bal­ti­more Sun re­porter Jeff Zre­biec and the Associated Press con­trib­uted to this ar­ti­cle. cwells@balt­sun.com

About 1,000 peo­ple gath­ered in Sta­tion North Thurs­day evening and marched to the In­ner Har­bor and then to the Ravens game at M&T Bank Sta­dium to show their dis­sat­is­fac­tion with Don­ald J. Trump win­ning the pres­i­dency.

They briefly formed a line to keep fans from reach­ing M&T Bank Sta­dium around the time the Bal­ti­more Ravens game was set to kick off at 8:25 p.m. Sta­dium of­fi­cials locked the gates for about three min­utes as the pro­test­ers gath­ered out­side, then re­opened them as the crowd dis­persed.

They chanted “Not my pres­i­dent,” “2-4-6-8, no to Trump and no to hate,” and “Im­mi­grants are wel­come here.” Car­ry­ing signs say­ing “Trump is not our pres­i­dent,” they marched down Charles Street as on­look­ers came out of restau­rants hold­ing glasses of wine and giv­ing the pro­test­ers high-fives.

The mood turned tense as the march passed Penn Sta­tion. A group of po­lice blocked the ramp to In­ter­state 83 and hand­cuffed one per­son on the ground as pro­test­ers shouted at of­fi­cers to let the man go.

Two peo­ple were de­tained dur­ing the protest but had not been charged as of Thurs­day night, po­lice said.

Iyana Wake­field, a marcher who teaches spe­cial-needs stu­dents in Bal­ti­more, said she was “hor­ri­fied” at how Trump has mocked dis­abled peo­ple.

“As a teacher, I’m sup­posed to pro­tect my stu­dents and pro­tect their rights,” she said. “I’m pet­ri­fied, I’m cry­ing each day, I’m look­ing at my stu­dents and I’m hor­ri­fied. I can­not im­age what the fu­ture is go­ing to look like.”

Kyra Eve­lyn, 24, an­other pro­tester, said when she learned that Trump had been elected, she “threw up and called my mom.”

“It’s dis­heart­en­ing, and there’s some­thing that has to be done,” she said.

Kaila Philo, a 21-year-old Univer­sity of Mary­land, Bal­ti­more County stu­dent, came up with the idea for the march in the Marchers out­side M&T Bank Sta­dium caused a tem­po­rary shut­down of some en­trance gates at the start of the Ravens game. early hours of Wed­nes­day morn­ing, when it be­came ap­par­ent that Trump would win. She cre­ated an event on Face­book for her friends, but it quickly caught the at­ten­tion of oth­ers, with nearly 2,000 say­ing they were in­ter­ested in march­ing.

“We are just show­ing that this is go­ing to be the next four years, it’ll be four years of re­sis­tance,” Philo said. “Tonight in par­tic­u­lar is sup­posed to serve as a cathar­sis for Bal­ti­more res­i­dents to let their anger out in a peace­ful way.”

The protest was one of many around the coun­try on Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day af­ter the election of Trump. The pres­i­dent-elect took note, tweet­ing Thurs­day night: “Just had a very open and suc­cess­ful pres­i­den­tial election. Now pro­fes­sional pro­test­ers, in­cited by the me­dia, are protest­ing. Very un­fair!”

High-spir­ited high school stu­dents marched Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day through San Fran­cisco’s down­town, chant­ing “Not my pres­i­dent.” They waved rain­bow ban­ners and Mex­i­can flags as by­standers in the heav­ily Demo­cratic city high-fived the marchers from the side­lines.

In New York City on Thurs­day, about 100 pro­test­ers gath­ered at Union Square in Man­hat­tan. They held signs that read “Di­vided States of Amer­ica” and “Not My Pres­i­dent” and “Let the New Gen­er­a­tion Speak!!”

On Twit­ter, Trump sup­port­ers ac­cused pro­test­ers of not re­spect­ing the process be­cause it didn’t work out in their fa­vor.

“You’re lit­er­ally protest­ing against free demo­cratic elec­tions. Go live in North Korea, you ab­so­lute trash,” one said.

“They’re not protest­ing Trump, they’re protest­ing democ­racy and the right to dis­agree with them. Isn’t that fas­cism,” said an­other.

On Wed­nes­day, thou­sands demon­strated around the coun­try, from New Eng­land to Kansas City to the West Coast. Flames lit the night sky in Cal­i­for­nia cities as pro­test­ers burned a gi­ant pa­pier-mache Trump head in Los An­ge­les and started fires in Oak­land in­ter­sec­tions.

In Chicago, where thou­sands re­cently poured into the streets to cel­e­brate the Chicago Cubs’ first World Se­ries vic­tory in over a cen­tury, sev­eral thou­sand peo­ple marched through the Loop. They gath­ered out­side Trump Tower, chant­ing “Not my pres­i­dent!”

LLOYD FOX/BAL­TI­MORE SUN PHOTOS

Anti-Trump protest marchers head south on Charles Street from the Wash­ing­ton Mon­u­ment to the In­ner Har­bor on Thurs­day night.

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