Anti-Trump protesters continue chanting ‘not my president’, ‘love Trumps hate’ across US

The protests voices fears that Donald Trump's triumph would strike a blow against civil rights.

By: Reuters | Washington/new York | Updated: November 11, 2016 8:13 am
donald trump, trump, anti trump, anti trump protests, trump protests, donald trump protests. us protests, protests in us, washington trump, washington protests, trump washing ton, trump news Protests against the election of Republican Candidate Donald Trump as US president at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, Thursday Nov. 10, 2016. (Source: Austin American-Statesman via AP)

Demonstrators took to the streets across the country for a second day on Thursday to protest the Republican presidential election victory of real estate mogul Donald Trump, voicing fears that his triumph would strike a blow against civil rights.

Beefing up protection for two of Trump’s marquee properties that have become protest rallying points, police erected security fences around his newly opened Pennsylvania Avenue hotel in Washington and placed concrete blocks in front of the high-rise Trump Tower in Manhattan.

About 100 protesters marched from the White House, where Trump had his first transition meeting with President Barack Obama on Thursday, to the Trump International Hotel blocks away, chanting “love Trumps hate”. “This generation deserves better than Donald Trump,” said Lily Morton, 17, joining classmates from the Georgetown Day School. “The queer people, colored people, women, girls, everyone that is going to be affected by this, we need to protest to help them.” Later in the day in Los Angeles, a small band of anti-Trump protesters marched onto a freeway near downtown, blocking traffic until police cleared them away.

Trump’s critics have expressed concern that his often-inflammatory campaign rhetoric about immigrants, Muslims, women and others – combined with support he has drawn from the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacists – could spark a wave of intolerance against various minorities.

donald trump, trump, anti trump, anti trump protests, trump protests, donald trump protests. us protests, protests in us, washington trump, washington protests, trump washing ton, trump news Demonstrators protest against U.S. President-elect Donald Trump in front of the Trump International Hotel in Washington, U.S., November 10, 2016. (Source: Reuters)

Anti-Trump rallies were held in more than a dozen major US cities on Wednesday, with thousands turning out for each of the biggest gatherings – in New York, Los Angeles and Oakland, California. In Oakland, unruly protesters smashed windows, set fires and clashed with riot police.

A Trump campaign representative did not respond to requests for comment on the protests. Taking a far more conciliatory tone in his acceptance speech early Wednesday than he had at many of his campaign events, Trump vowed to be a president for all Americans.

Earlier this month, his campaign rejected a Klan newspaper endorsement, saying Trump “denounces hate in any form.” Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor and a high-profile Trump supporter, called the demonstrators “a bunch of spoiled cry-babies,” in an interview with Fox News. White House spokesman Joshua Earnest said Obama supported demonstrators’ right to express themselves peacefully.

donald trump, trump, anti trump, anti trump protests, trump protests, donald trump protests. us protests, protests in us, washington trump, washington protests, trump washing ton, trump news Protests in front of City Hall in San Francisco, California, November 10, 2016. (Source: Reuters)

Republican National Committee spokesman Sean Spicer urged the protesters to give Trump a chance once he is sworn into office in January. “I hope that people get it out of their systems … but then they give this man that was just elected very historically and his new vice president an opportunity to govern,” Spicer said in an interview on MSNBC.

In San Francisco, more than 1,000 high school students walked out of classes Thursday morning and marched through the city’s financial district carrying rainbow flags representing the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, Mexican flags and signs decrying Trump.

Several hundred students at Texas State University in San Marcos took to the campus to protest Trump’s election, with many saying they fear he will infringe the civil rights of minorities and the LGBT community.

Civil rights groups and police reported an uptick in attacks on members of minority groups, in some cases carried out by people claiming to support Trump. There were also reports of Trump opponents lashing out violently against people carrying signs indicating support for Trump.

Organizers used social media to plan and schedule many of the protests. A Facebook group named “#NotMyPresident,” formed by college and high school students, called for an anti-Trump rally on Inauguration Day, Jan. 20.

Several hundred protesters gathered in New York’s Washington Square Park. Three miles (5 km) to the north at Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue, where the president-elect lives, Alex Conway, 29, stood holding a “not my president” sign. “This sign is not to say he isn’t the president of the United States, but for two days I can use my emotion to be against this outcome and to express that he’s not mine,” said Conway, who works in the film industry.

donald trump, trump, anti trump, anti trump protests, trump protests, donald trump protests. us protests, protests in us, washington trump, washington protests, trump washing ton, trump news Anti-Trump demonstrators protest in front of the White House following Republican Donald Trump’s election victory, in Washington, November 10, 2016. (Source: Reuters)

More anti-Trump demonstrations were planned for the weekend.

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  1. O
    Nov 11, 2016 at 8:55 am
    Its like how Dalits suffer in India after BJP came to power. You are a liar or misinformed.Who is oppressing Dalits in India? It is OBCs in rest of india and christians and muslims in kerala . Hinduism has nothing to do with this. Even RSS/BJP and hindutwa too has nothing to do. Modi himself is an OBC. It is acceptance and inclusivity of so called upper caste that Hinduisation of OBCs have happened. Now they control the BJP. If OBCs accpet Dalits they too become Hinduised fully. Btw may be your views about African americans are too
    1. O
      Nov 11, 2016 at 7:48 am
      anti trump protestors,lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;How many of you secretely voted for Trump and now protesting in streets?
      1. K
        Nov 11, 2016 at 4:18 am
        Anti-Trump protesters or Sympathizers of Islamic Radicals?
        1. M
          Nov 11, 2016 at 9:06 am
          Hillary inciting people to violence.Arrest Hillary as promised.
          1. S
            Sivakumar N
            Nov 11, 2016 at 4:31 am
            Common the citizens of word oldest democracy and the country which taught the world legacy and value of democratic set up and its functioning , just can’t behave so irresponsible manner , folks , this what you have for next four years,Donald Trump is the president of America weather you like it or not. Learned to live with reality, it’s all over. Wish him all success and cooperate with him for the betterment of word.
            1. R
              Rajaram V.V.
              Nov 11, 2016 at 3:34 am
              Hopeless people. What a democracy it is? A president duly elected is protested against his view Pont's on terrorism. And these people call themselves as educated.
              1. R
                Ravi Indran S R
                Nov 11, 2016 at 6:21 am
                The effects of mudslinging. Is Donald Trump is a demon or is Clinton is an angel. Neither are both. It is a perspective broadcast by each of them to discredit the other. When there is a women in this battle, people tend to extend support to her. whatever she cooks up against her opponent will stick. In this heat of electioneering acquisitions were thick and fast, many a times going to depths so disgusting and slanderous. The young and impressionable minds are easy targets. The fact now is there to stay. Trump has won. Clinton has lost the race. lt;br/gt;The after affects of the slanderous campaign is now reflected by the events unfolding across the country. A pity that in the oldest Democracy the people are yet to come to terms. It simply reflects how badly they have been led to believe. The king is dead, Long live the King !
                1. C
                  Nov 11, 2016 at 11:56 pm
                  If you look at the life style of US who have time to do this????Every working guy is busy attending to his/her work with out clocking no pay so who are these guys??? Even in India unemployment is the main reason why the bandhs/strikes are taking places even for pretty reasons apart from the failure of law enforcement not to allow these guys to cause inconvenience to the law abiding/working citizens. In Us only a few minority may be hundreds are doing this and they know it is all over Mr.Trump is president for next four years. Hope he would do good the nation. Jaihind
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