Anti-Trump Protests Sweep America

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In the wake of Donald Trump’s victory as the next President of the United States, protests have been sweeping across America.

Thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets of several U.S. cities to protest against the election of Trump, with many shouting ‘Not my president’ and others burning orange-haired dummies of the businessman.

Trump, to the shock of many, will become the 45th U.S. president. But while the Republican won the majority vote, it seems many, many people are angered by the outcome.

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In New York city, around 100,000 people marched from Union Square to Trump Tower, blocking streets and prompting police to assemble barricades.

In downtown Chicago, several thousand people marched to that city’s Trump Tower, chanting ‘Not my president!’ and ‘Our bodies, our choice!’.

Thousands of demonstrators were also reported in Boston, the Guardian reports.

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Other demonstrations have been taking place in Philadelphia, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Oakland, Seattle, Portland and Washington DC, where a crowd massed outside a Trump hotel and others gathered outside the White House.

Smaller marches were reported in St Paul, Minnesota; Richmond, Virginia; Kansas City; Omaha, Nebraska; and Austin, Texas.

And this was just the scene in New York:

This is what the rest of the protests looked like across America:

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Many of those demonstrations, taking place in areas that supported Clinton, continued early Thursday morning and led to dozens of arrests, CNN reports.

Ahmed Kanna, an organizer for Social Alternative Berkeley, told CNN’s Don Lemon: “People are furious, not just at the results of the election, but the rhetoric of Donald Trump.”

The concerns of the protestors ranged from policies, such as his proposed plan to build a wall along the US-Mexican border, to his sexism, to the tone of his campaign that had stirred xenophobic fears.

Trump, who is set to take presidency in January, will meet current president Barack Obama today for talks aimed at ensuring a smooth transition.


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