Thou­sands rally, march in na­tion­wide anti-Trump protests

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS - By Robert Jablon and William Mathis

Tens of thou­sands of peo­ple marched in streets across the United States on Satur­day, stag­ing the fourth day of protests of Don­ald Trump’s sur­prise vic­tory as pres­i­dent.

The protests — held in big cities like New York and Chicago as well as smaller ones, such as Worces­ter, Mas­sachusetts, and Iowa City, Iowa — were largely peace­ful Satur­day.

Protesters ral­lied at New York’s Union Square be­fore tak­ing their cause up Fifth Av­enue to­ward Trump Tower, where they were held back by po­lice bar­ri­cades.

The Repub­li­can pres­i­dent-elect was holed up in­side his tower apart­ment, work­ing with aides on the tran­si­tion to the White House.

Among those rail­ing against him was film­maker Michael Moore, who tweeted a de­mand that Trump “step aside.”

Fash­ion de­signer Noemi Abad, 30, agreed.

“I just can’t have Don­ald Trump run­ning this coun­try and teach­ing our chil­dren racism, sex­ism and big­otry,” she said. “Out of his own mouth he made this di­vi­sion. He needs to go — there’s no place for racism in so­ci­ety in Amer­ica.”

Trump’s com­ments — par­tic­u­larly a 2005 record­ing of him mak­ing lewd com­ments about women — sparked out­rage dur­ing his cam­paign. That spilled over into a fourth day of demon­stra­tions fol­low­ing an elec­tion that ended with half of U.S. vot­ers choos­ing the other can­di­date, Demo­crat Hil­lary Clin­ton.

In Los An­ge­les, sev­eral thou­sand peo­ple marched through down­town streets Satur­day to con­demn what they saw as Trump’s hate speech about Mus­lims, pledge to deport peo­ple in the coun­try il­le­gally and crude com­ments about women.

Jen­nifer Cruz, 18, of Ven­tura, Cal­i­for­nia, car­ried a sign that asked: “Le­gal­ize weed but not my Mom?” — a ref­er­ence to Cal­i­for­ni­ans’ Tues­day pas­sage of a mea­sure le­gal­iz­ing recre­ational mar­i­juana use.

Cruz said her par­ents have been in the United States il­le­gally for 30 years, although her mother has spent years seek­ing ci­ti­zen­ship. She called the pos­si­bil­ity of their de­por­ta­tion ter­ri­fy­ing.

“We talk about it al­most ev­ery day,” she said. “My Mom wants to leave it in the hands of God but I’m not just go­ing to sit back and not do any­thing. I’m go­ing to fight for my par­ents, even if it kills me.”

“He doesn’t re­al­ize all the fam­i­lies he’s hurt­ing,” she said of Trump.

Shawn Smith, 41, of Los An­ge­les, wore an Amer­i­can flag vest and held a glit­tery sign that said “Love Trumps Hate.”

“What he’s been able to do is make 50 per­cent of the na­tion look over their shoul­der,” he said. “If you’re gay, if you’re LGBT, if you’re Mus­lim, if you’re Latin, if you’re spe­cial needs, if you’re fe­male, it’s a much un­safer place now.”

“What is hap­pen­ing to­day is go­ing to be the nor­mal for a while,” he said of the de­mon­stra­tion, “be­cause we’re not go­ing to just sit back and watch our rights be­ing taken away, our health care be­ing taken away.”

Protests were mainly peace­ful, but in Port­land, Ore­gon, a man who was par­tic­i­pat­ing in a march early Satur­day was shot after a con­fronta­tion with some­one in a ve­hi­cle. Po­lice ex­pect the man to sur­vive and de­tained four peo­ple in con­nec­tion with the shoot­ing. A mo­tive for the shoot­ing was un­clear. The four peo­ple de­tained are be­lieved to be gang mem­bers, but the vic­tim is not.

The shoot­ing fol­lowed rowdy Fri­day night protests, when po­lice used tear gas in re­sponse to “burn­ing pro­jec­tiles” thrown at of­fi­cers, po­lice said on Twit­ter. Hun­dreds of peo­ple marched through the city, dis­rupt­ing traf­fic and spray­paint­ing graf­fiti.

Au­thor­i­ties re­ported in­stances of van­dal­ism and as­sault dur­ing a rally that or­ga­niz­ers had billed as peace­ful ear­lier in the day.

In other parts of the coun­try, spir­ited demon­stra­tions on col­lege cam­puses and peace­ful marches along down­town streets have taken place since Wed­nes­day.

Evening marches dis­rupted traf­fic in Mi­ami and At­lanta.

Trump sup­porter Ni­co­las Quirico was trav­el­ing 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 5 miles. This is wrong.”

Protests also were held in Detroit; Min­neapo­lis; Kansas City, Mis­souri; Olympia, Wash­ing­ton, Iowa City and more.

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.”

In Ten­nessee, Van­der­bilt Univer­sity stu­dents sang civil rights songs and marched through cam­pus across a Nashville street, tem­po­rar­ily block­ing traf­fic.

In Cincin­nati, hun­dreds of protesters al­ready had taken to the streets early Satur­day af­ter­noon to protest a jury’s fail­ure to reach a ver­dict in the trial of a white for­mer po­lice of­fi­cer who killed an un­armed black mo­torist in 2015.

A mis­trial was de­clared in the trial of for­mer Univer­sity of Cincin­nati of­fi­cer Ray Tens­ing. He was fired after shoot­ing Sam DuBose in the head after pulling him over for a miss­ing front li­cense plate last year.

Sev­eral hun­dred anti-Trump protesters joined the trial protesters and marched through down­town Cincin­nati.

MARY ALTAFFER—THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Aca­cia Han­del holds a sign dur­ing a de­mon­stra­tion out­side Trump Tower in New York on Satur­day to protest against Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump.

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