Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in cities across the country Wednesday to protest Donald Trump’s election victory, in mostly peaceful gatherings that nonetheless resulted in at least 124 arrests and reports of damage, vandalism and injuries in several locations.
NEW YORK CITY
A massive gathering of protesters descended upon Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan Wednesday night, marching from Union Square.
Protesters chanted, “My body, my choice,” “Not my president,” and “Hey, hey, ho, ho, Donald Trump has got to go.”
At Union Square, hundreds chanted “He’s Not My President” and carried signs that read “Defeat Fascism.” Another group of protesters gathered at Columbus Circle near Trump International Hotel & Tower.
At least 65 people were arrested during Wednesday night’s demonstrations, according to WABC. Sources also tell WABC that at least 10,000 people took part in NYC demonstrations.
#TrumpTower protests causing massive gridlock throughout Midtown. #BREAKING #abc7ny pic.twitter.com/deOVCWgUk7
— Josh Einiger (@JoshEiniger7) November 10, 2016
The majority of the arrests took place in front of Trump Tower, where several people climbed light poles and had to be taken down. Police closed 5th Avenue at 57th Street due to the unrest and did not allow demonstrators to march to Trump Tower.
In Chicago, hundreds of protesters marched through the city’s downtown and gathered outside the city’s Trump Tower to express their anger that Trump was elected.
“You saw all of the hate was coming with him, and you were just hoping that that would never come to fruition, and it has,” anti-Trump protester Will Rossi told Chicago’s ABC7.
Anti-Trump demonstrators take to to the streets in downtown Chicago, protesting the election: https://t.co/F2TSClngjj pic.twitter.com/Ls5dMavL3w
— ABC 7 Chicago (@ABC7Chicago) November 9, 2016
Protesters also filled the streets in Washington, D.C., and gathered outside the newly-opened Trump hotel.
Folks protesting trump headed toward the #WhiteHouse pic.twitter.com/OqZZxoXDdv
— Ben Bell (@BenjaminBell) November 10, 2016
At trump hotel in #dc pic.twitter.com/CTt4UFvGyT
— Ben Bell (@BenjaminBell) November 10, 2016
Students at American University protested on campus.
In Seattle, about 100 protesters gathered in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.
Protesters marched through downtown, carrying signs that read “Black Lives Matter”, “Misogyny has to go,” “Love Trumps Hate,”and “The people united, will never be defeated.” They also chanted “Not My President,” as Seattle Police officers on bicycles closely watcher over the marchers.
HAPPENING NOW: 100s are protesting Donald Trump’s victory in Seattle #KOMONews pic.twitter.com/PwXf37xibH
— KOMO News (@komonews) November 10, 2016
Hundreds of people took to the streets of downtown Los Angeles to express their disgust with president-elect Trump.
The Los Angeles Police Department reported 13 arrests just after midnight local time.
Many protesters gathered at City Hall, where they burned a piñata of Trump. Another protester wrote “F*** Trump” on city bus.
Protesters also descended upon the 101 freeway in downtown Los Angeles, forcing its shutdown.
About 7,000 protesters took to the street of the northern California city to protest president-elect Trump, according to the Oakland Police Department.
The protests were mostly peaceful, except for splinter groups that vandalized the city’s downtown area, setting objects on fire and breaking windows, according to the Oakland P.D.’s public information officer, Johnna Watson.
Two officers were injured and two patrol cars were burned, Watson said. One officers was treated and released and one who was still in hospital before midnight.
The Oakland Police Department made 30 arrests and handed out 11 citations during the protest, on charges of assault on an officer, vandalism, unlawful assembly, failure to disperse, and possession of a firearm.
Three Oakland police officers were injured.
According to ABC affiliate KGO-TV, protesters chanted “not our president” and carried signs that read “Donald Trump is a rapist” and “Secede #CalExit.”
#Oakland protesters moving east on Broadway. Massive crowd upset about President Elect #Trump #Election2016 #abc7now pic.twitter.com/NHuFkfu8Tv
— Katie Utehs (@KatieUtehs) November 10, 2016
KGO-TV also reported that a “splinter group” of protesters set fires and lit fireworks in the city’s downtown.
Thousands of anti-Donald Trump protesters expressed their anger over Trump being elected on Boston Common Wednesday night, before heading to the Statehouse and Copley Square, ABC affiliate WCVB reported.
Protesters chanted “Not My President,” “No Fascist,” “We Will Not Be Silenced,” and “No KKK,” while carrying signs that read “He Will Never Be My President.”
Thousands of people protest Donald Trump’s win in Boston https://t.co/oj722zOXFi pic.twitter.com/iMi7ITRWli
— WCVB-TV Boston (@WCVB) November 10, 2016
Meaghan Schaefer, a 19-year-old student at Emerson College, told WCVB, “We were so close to seeing the first woman become president and she lost to a man who has no political experience, who doesn’t represent the majority in this country.”
And at the University of Massachusetts, students gathered at the Goodell Building for Workplace Learning and Management with chants of, “Trump must go!”
About 2,000 protesters blocked Interstate 5 twice during protests Wednesday night, according to ABC affiliate KATU.
Protesters also forced a delay for trains on two light-rail lines.
The crowd of anti-Trump protesters burned American flags and chanted, “That’s not my president.”
Hundreds of protesters shut down several streets in Virginia’s capital city Wednesday night as they marched chanting, “No Trump. No KKK. No fascist USA,” “Not My President,” according to ABC affiliate WRIC.
Some protesters also marched onto I-95 south in downtown Richmond, shutting down the interstate in both directions.
Virginia State Police said in a statement, “State troopers have responded to the location to guide the protesters off the interstate — for their safety and the motoring public’s safety. Due to it being dark outside with limited lighting, and the blind curves and ramps along this particular stretch of I-95, this is an extremely dangerous situation for any pedestrian traffic.”
Ten people were arrested, Virginia State Police said in a statement: “At approximately midnight, a total of 10 protesters were taken into custody without further incident and charged with unlawful assembly and for being pedestrians on an interstate. The six females and four males arrested range in age of 20 to 26 years of age.”
#BREAKING – Protesters converge around the on-ramp to 676 in Center City. Police block the ramp, and protesters move on. pic.twitter.com/KJ77nkF6GJ
— Action News on 6abc (@6abc) November 10, 2016
According to Dallas police, about 300 protesters gathered at the city’s Victory Park for anti-Trump rally organized by the Next Generation Action Network.
“As we wrap our minds around this failed attempt at democracy that we as a country have witnessed in this election, and brace ourselves as Americans for a new Republican commander-in-chief with a majority Republican House and Senate; we are even more strengthened in our resolve to fight,” read a statement from the group before the protest, according to ABC affiliate WFAA. “Most everything out of the Trump campaign has been divisive and contrary to those values written in the U.S. Constitution.”
Dallas police estimates 300 plus people at Victory Park in Anti-Trump rally: https://t.co/CEUi1QUjtz pic.twitter.com/csV47k4ysi
— WFAA-TV (@wfaachannel8) November 10, 2016
ELSEWHERE IN THE US
Anti-Trump protests were also held in Atlanta; St. Paul, Minnesota; and Pittsburgh.
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