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Thousands join anti-Trump protests around US

Updated Nov 10, 2016 12:01pm


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Thousands of protesters around the country took to the streets Wednesday to condemn the election of Donald Trump as president.

The demonstrations were mostly peaceful, authorities said.

In Chicago, several thousand people marched through the Loop and gathered outside Trump Tower, chanting “Not my president!”

Chicago resident Michael Burke said he believes the president-elect will “divide the country and stir up hatred.” He added there was a constitutional duty not to accept that.

A similar protest in Manhattan drew about 1,000 people. Outside Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in midtown, police installed barricades to keep the demonstrators at bay.

Hundreds of protesters gathered near Philadelphia's City Hall despite chilly, wet weather.

Participants who included both supporters of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who lost to Clinton in the primary expressed anger at both Republicans and Democrats over the election's outcome.

In Boston, thousands of anti-Donald Trump protesters streamed through downtown, chanting “Trump's a racist” and carrying signs that said “Impeach Trump” and “Abolish Electoral College.”

The protesters gathered on Boston Common before marching toward the Massachusetts Statehouse, with beefed-up security including extra police officers.

Hundreds of University of Texas students spilled out of classrooms to march through downtown Austin. They marched along streets near the Texas Capitol, then briefly blocked a crowded traffic bridge.

Marchers protesting Donald Trump's election as president chanted and carried signs in front of the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Local media outlets broadcast video Wednesday night showing a peaceful crowd in front of the new downtown hotel. Many chanted “No racist USA, no trump, no KKK.”

Another group stood outside the White House. They held candles, listened to speeches and sang songs.

Earlier Wednesday, protesters at American University burned US flags on campus.

In Oregon, dozens of people blocked traffic in downtown Portland, burned American flags and forced a delay for trains on two light-rail lines. Earlier the protest in downtown drew several Trump supporters, who taunted the demonstrators with signs.

At one point, a lone Trump supporter was chased across Pioneer Courthouse Square and hit in the back with a skateboard before others intervened.

Protests also were reported at a number of universities in California and Connecticut, while several hundred people marched in San Francisco and others gathered outside City Hall in Los Angeles.

The only major violence was reported in Oakland, California, during a protest that began shortly before midnight and lasted into early Wednesday morning.

Some demonstrators set garbage bins on fire, broke windows and sprayed graffiti at five businesses in the downtown area, police said. No arrests were made.

Another protest began Wednesday evening downtown, with several hundred chanting, sign-waving people gathering in Frank Ogawa Plaza.

In San Francisco, hundreds are marching along Market Avenue, one of the city's main avenues, to join a vigil in the Castro District, a predominantly gay neighbourhood.


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Desi Dimag Nov 10, 2016 08:34am

People should accept the reality. Trump lovers are in majority than haters, that's why he won the election.

shani Nov 10, 2016 08:34am

I feel that he would be better for America at least he said what he is going to do.

Kamil Nov 10, 2016 08:35am

Time to get taste of bad leadership ! Suffer

KB Nov 10, 2016 08:47am

Its like a boomerang...US practise of plotting bad leaders globally for the sake of its own benefits only... has reached home.

Syed(Australia) Nov 10, 2016 08:55am

Reality is US international policies were a total failure. US wanted a change and an educated civilised citizens have brought the change. Hope Donald will bring peace and prosperity not only to USA but to the entire world.

NaveedKhan Nov 10, 2016 08:58am

@Kamil priceless comment!

Deshi Boy Nov 10, 2016 09:02am

He is a democratically elected president, there is so much intolerance in Trump haters. He has earned it, now you have to accept the reality. The same thins were happening after Brexit all parts of UK, what happened there? Nothing !!

Dr. Doctor Nov 10, 2016 09:03am

This is gross stupidity. Trump was just portraying an image to garner support for his election campaign and it worked. He just acted like Imran Khan!!! In his case his bluff worked and he got the votes he needed.

There was no need to rush to conclusions and initiating protests. He won fair and square, accept it and move on.

Peaceful protests are a reaction to what?

N K GURJAAR Nov 10, 2016 09:09am

Straight forward people who speak their minds and not like diplomats are always preferred in general, in any country. The world was divided earlier between haves and have nots but today it is between terrorism and peace loving.

Jalbani Baloch Nov 10, 2016 09:12am

No right to the people to take to the street, where the majority will of the people, has to prevail, especially in a country like America, which is the champion of civilian democracy. Those, who took to the street, are simply looser and trouble makers, who want to create chaotic situation.

Sab Se Pehle Pakistan Nov 10, 2016 09:13am

Hilary got the popular vote. So technically she has more support.

klp Nov 10, 2016 09:16am

He was chosen by majority. Accept and live with it. Thats how democracy works.

asadlateef Nov 10, 2016 09:19am

Sad demise of super power.class war has started.american jerks has voted him in power for change,but where is the change.trump rightly said system is rigged,hence he is the president.

Shan Nov 10, 2016 09:19am

Protest of any kind is pretty useless. Nothing is going to change. In this world whatever destiny throw's at you, you just have to accept it. So don't waste your time and energy. Good decision bad decision it was you decision now live with it.

sharjeel bin afzal Nov 10, 2016 09:35am

@Desi Dimag Let me re-phrase your point towards a little reality.... Among "The Americans who voted" Trump lovers are more then his haters !!!! So the whole picture doesn't seems to be a "True Picture" to me at-least .....

Angry pitbull Nov 10, 2016 09:41am

"Time to get taste of bad leadership ! Suffer"

I don't think he worse than our leaders who don't express their thoughts but doing bad things behind closed doors

kartikey mishra Nov 10, 2016 09:42am

Just like in India when modi become PM..

Khurram Minhas Nov 10, 2016 09:52am

Democracy chooses through majority and not through weight

Rashid Nov 10, 2016 09:53am

Next they need Darna.

SHOAIB Nov 10, 2016 09:58am

is Section 144 was implemented during this protest ?

Abdul Nov 10, 2016 09:58am

Don't expect too much. This is not Pakistan. This is USA where people will respect the popular verdict and they will give trump chance to rule.

Wish Muslim countries including Pakistan have this common sense.

Abdul Nov 10, 2016 09:59am

@Kamil see who is talking. as if Pakistan has better leadership as a matter of fact any Muslim country to that effect.

SDA Nov 10, 2016 10:00am

@klp If the results were based on popular vote, Hillary would win. Unfortunately, US election results are based on electoral vote and not on popular vote. Please read.

SDA Nov 10, 2016 09:59am

@kartikey mishra please don't compare US with India.

khanm Nov 10, 2016 10:01am

indeed it is a U turn in the history of American politics... it was never been the politics of principal but still they had certain values they adhered to... Now only time will tell cos some one known as Donald Trump is on the loose...

AH Nov 10, 2016 10:04am

@Desi Dimag Moreover, he didn't won the election by rigging unlike 2013 election in Pakistan. Had we had the 2013 elections in Pakistan fair, Imran Khan would be the PM I would think.

Umair ansari Nov 10, 2016 10:06am

Americans must accept the kind of leadership which their past leaders had imposed on others

Nawaz Nov 10, 2016 10:08am

Lockdown Washington mates! You need an Imran Khan!

majid Nov 10, 2016 10:07am

Open 4 constituencies for rechecking of votes,,, pti modus operandi

MAVERICK Nov 10, 2016 10:11am

What a coincidence between election of Modi and Trump. The JNU (Delhi)university also acted similar to the american university against Trump. The overdose of vote bank politics by Indian Congress and Obama/Democrat has generated disgust and has slapped the manipulators on the face.

afkhan Nov 10, 2016 10:14am

I think there is a disconnection between what people want and what establishment and media want them to want. Trump represent the reality of US people while Hillary represented the establishment. This seem to be a wake up call for elite.

xmaestro Nov 10, 2016 10:14am

At least Now they feel how we feel. They need a dharna fix

SYED ZULFIQAR Nov 10, 2016 10:15am

US citizens support hardliners, Indian citizens support hardliners ....... a question for Pakistani Citizens?

uncle joe Nov 10, 2016 10:16am

@Sab Se Pehle Pakistan and she lost right! Because we want to make america great again. Go Trump!

analyses Nov 10, 2016 10:19am

@Desi Dimag: Your presumption is incorrect. Trump lovers are not in majority. Last time I checked, Hillary had more votes than Trump, although by a very small margin. However Trump had more electoral votes, that's why he's selected. Also, a vast majority of people who voted for Trump just because they wanted Republican to win and they hated democrats policies. It's nothing to do with Trump love.

He is the least popular president ever with his Favorability rating of -20% - the lowest ever for any nominee - Hillary has -12% in comparison.

Amar Nov 10, 2016 10:32am

People who dislike Trump are elitist privileged people. Good thing they're in minority.

Venus Nov 10, 2016 10:36am

Pathetic losers. They have no grace to accept the result and then they call theselves Democrats.

mp Nov 10, 2016 10:37am

Amreicans are no different...!! Like in India it happened before & after Modi's win...and still happening... like leftists are playing dirty games through student wings/minorities/back ward communities... But as it is evident, Modi is far better then previous PMs and no such things happened as the seculars / minorities were fearing... in fact few here and there incidents are being created by same brigade of good old national party Congress & their aides!

So let us wait and watch...who knows, Trump may realized the thing that to WIN he has to yell so many things, but in reality he may turn out to be a good one for entire world...

Venus Nov 10, 2016 10:40am

@SDA : You are right. Indian democracy is much more vibrant and representative in nature, and the elections process and voting is hugely transparent. The one who loses never blames the system.

Syed Shahzad Bukhari Nov 10, 2016 10:39am

Sorry to say, people should ready for aftermaths of 11/9 after 9/11.

Farrukh Nov 10, 2016 10:43am

It is happening !

hs Nov 10, 2016 10:47am

Americans are behaving in the same way as Pakistanis reacted over Zardari's selection

KAJ Nov 10, 2016 10:47am

I had great opinion about American people regarding their broad mindedness , to appreciate and respect the talent , and many others. However after the recent presidential elections, this has changed.

ali Nov 10, 2016 10:51am

No shelling or tear gas?????

gul Nov 10, 2016 10:51am

Why protests!!! People of US have given their verdict. Congrats to Mr. Trump!

DJ Nov 10, 2016 11:06am

Protest for what now?Is he not an elected president.Was there any sign of rigging. He won with a clear Margin so i can not understand the reason for this protest.

KEVIN THOMAS Nov 10, 2016 11:13am

This will provide the 'protesters' more hard time soon...

Sab Se Pehle Pakistan Nov 10, 2016 11:12am

@uncle joe. I agree. US citizens has the right to chose whoever they like. Congratulations and all the best.

Zafar Ahmed Nov 10, 2016 11:22am

Doesn't make any difference between Hillary Clinton & Donald Trump as far their policies towards middle & east and rest of Muslim countries.

Sethu Nov 10, 2016 11:23am

@kartikey mishra What r you talking ? Modi won by such a huge margin and there was no protest also. He was popular too. There is no comparison.

Sane Nov 10, 2016 11:24am

These thousands have every right to demonstrate but they don't necessarily represent millions of Americans who voted for trump.

khanm Nov 10, 2016 11:34am

@klp after all one thing for sure democracy is not a perfect system...There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.

Global Peace Nov 10, 2016 11:44am

This is how democracy works ! May be people in Pakistan wont understand it.

sharjeel bin afzal Nov 10, 2016 11:46am

Americans trust me i'm not much surprised for you people...... You reap what you bow !!!

Khwarezmi Nov 10, 2016 11:51am

On a positive note, I will be exploring more countries during summer vacations :)

A Shah Nov 10, 2016 11:58am

Tough luck

Darshan Nov 10, 2016 11:57am

@Sab Se Pehle Pakistan Then, why she was defeated

giri Nov 10, 2016 11:58am

No I know why majority whites voted for Trump. They want to save their country from these people.

Mady Nov 10, 2016 12:35pm

Pres. Trump sees the world, the way it is. Being a businessman, I hope he will focus on positive outcomes, workarounds rather than just sweet-talk, idealism. He may make adjustments, understanding with big powers to stop Syrian war, control terrorism/negativity thereby revive world-growth.

booooooooo Nov 11, 2016 02:42am

@sharjeel bin afzal wow thats a good one! lol

FAisal Nov 12, 2016 01:10pm

O my friend only time is king not any one so,fight with time