Don­ald Trump’s vic­tory sets off protests on both coasts

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS -

OAK­LAND, CALIF.>> Demon­stra­tors op­posed to the elec­tion of Don­ald Trump smashed win­dows and set garbage bins on fire in down­town Oak­land, Cal­i­for­nia early Wed­nes­day, as pro­test­ers swarmed streets across the coun­try in re­sponse to the elec­tion. The protests else­where 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 the road to block traf­fic. The crowd of anti-Trump pro­test­ers burned Amer­i­can flags and chanted “That’s not my pres­i­dent.”

In Penn­syl­va­nia, hun­dreds of Uni­ver­sity of Pitts­burgh stu­dents marched through the streets, with some in the crowd call­ing for unity. The stu­dent-run cam­pus news­pa­per, the Pitt News, tweeted about an event later Wed­nes­day ti­tled “Emer­gency Meet­ing: Let’s Unite to Stop Pres­i­dent Trump.”

In Seat­tle, a group of about 100 pro­test­ers gath­ered in the Cap­i­tal Hill neigh­bor­hood, blocked roads and set a trash bin on fire.

The Oak­land protest grew to about 250 peo­ple by late Tues­day evening, ac­cord­ing to po­lice. Of­fi­cer Marco Mar­quez said pro­test­ers dam­aged five busi­nesses, break­ing win­dows and spray­ing graf­fiti.

Po­lice is­sued a ci­ta­tion for a ve­hi­cle code vi­o­la­tion, but did not make any ar­rests.

A woman was struck by a car and se­verely in­jured when pro­test­ers got onto a high­way early Wed­nes­day morn­ing, the Cal­i­for­nia High­way Pa­trol said. Pro­test­ers van­dal­ized the driver’s SUV be­fore of­fi­cers in­ter­vened. The high­way was closed for about 20 min­utes.

Mar­quez said the depart­ment is fully staffed for the pos­si­bil­ity of an­other protest Wed­nes­day evening.

Oak­land is a hot­bed of vi­o­lent protest in the San Fran­cisco Bay Area. Pro­test­ers briefly shut down two ma­jor free­ways, van­dal­ized po­lice cars and looted busi­nesses two years ago when a Mis­souri grand jury de­cided not to in­dict a white po­lice of­fi­cer in the fa­tal shoot­ing of a black teenager in Fer­gu­son.

And nearly 80 peo­ple were arrested af­ter a night in 2010 that saw ri­ot­ers us­ing metal bats to break store win­dows, set­ting fires and loot­ing af­ter a white tran­sit po­lice of­fi­cer, Jo­hannes Mehserle, was ac­quit­ted of mur­der and con­victed of in­vol­un­tary man­slaugh­ter in the slay­ing of Os­car Grant, an un­armed black man who was shot dead on a train plat­form the pre­vi­ous year.

Else­where in Cal­i­for­nia, po­lice said at least 500 peo­ple swarmed on streets in and around UCLA, some shout­ing anti-Trump ex­ple­tives and oth­ers chant­ing “Not my pres­i­dent!”

Smaller demon­stra­tors were held at Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia cam­puses and neigh­bor­hoods in Berke­ley, Irvine and Davis and at San Jose State.


Po­lice of­fi­cers walk past an over­turned news­pa­per rack dur­ing protests in Oak­land, Calif., late Tues­day. Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump’s vic­tory set off mul­ti­ple protests.

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