Thousands of people opposing president-elect
Donald Trump march in Chicago and New York,
chanting “not my president”.
Thousands of people have taken to the streets in
US cities to protest against Republican Donald
Trump’s surprise victory in the presidential
election, blasting his campaign rhetoric around
immigrants, Muslims and other groups.
On Wednesday evening, thousands of protesters
thronged streets in midtown Manhattan, New York.
Some burned a US flag as they reached the Trump
Tower, while other chanted, “Not my president”.
In Chicago, roughly 1,000 people attempted to
gather outside the Trump International Hotel and
Tower downtown while chanting phrases like “No
Trump! No KKK! No racist USA”. Chicago police
closed roads in the area, blocking the
Protesters railed against Trump’s campaign pledge
to build a wall along the border with Mexico to
keep out undocumented immigrants and other
policies perceived as affecting people of colour.
In his victory speech, however, Trump said he
would be president for all Americans, saying: “It is
time for us to come together as one united
In Chicago, 27-year-old Angie Victoria said “I think him [Trump] getting elected is an
atrocity. There’s no way he’s qualified to be
president, he’s so erratic. There’s no platform, he
just appealed to people stewing in bigotry and
Izzy Mosser, 19, said: “A presidency under Trump
is … scary. The only good thing is that people are
coming together to stop him. It’s dividing and
uniting at the same time.”
In Austin, the Texas capital, about 400 people
staged a march through the city’s streets, police
said. Other protests were organised in Washington,
DC, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Tennessee
and other cities.
Earlier in the day, some 1,500 California students
and teachers rallied in the courtyard of Berkeley
High School, a San Francisco Bay Area city known
for its progressive politics, before marching
towards the campus of the University of California,
Hundreds of high school and college students
walked out in protest in Seattle, Phoenix, Los
Angeles and three other cities in the Bay Area,
Richmond, El Cerrito and Oakland.
A predominantly Latino group of about 300 high
school students walked out of classes on
Wednesday morning in Los Angeles and marched
to the steps of City Hall, where they held a brief
but energetic rally.
Chanting in Spanish, “The people united will never
be defeated,” the group held signs with slogans
such as “Not Supporting Racism, Not My
President” and “Immigrants Make America Great.”
Many of those students were members of the
“Dreamers” generation, children whose parents
entered the US with them illegally, school officials
said, and who fear deportation under a Trump
Wednesday’s demonstrations followed a night of
protests around the San Francisco Bay Area and
elsewhere in the country in response to Trump’s
In heavily Democrat Washington, DC, hundreds of
Trump opponents and a few of his supporters
gathered by the White House, chanting in support
of immigrants and against the president-elect.
Demonstrators attacked storefront windows and set
garbage and tyres ablaze late on Tuesday in the
business district of Oakland, California.
Police detain a protester marching against Trump