Protesters take to US streets over Trump victory

Anti-Trump protests line the streets in downtown Chicago as Donald Trump becomes US president-elect.
Demonstrators gather to protest a day after President-elect Donald Trump's victory, at a rally outside Los Angeles City Hall in Los Angeles, California, on Nov 9, 2016.
Demonstrators gather to protest a day after President-elect Donald Trump's victory, at a rally outside Los Angeles City Hall in Los Angeles, California, on Nov 9, 2016.PHOTO: AFP
Police arrest demonstrators after they shut down the 101 Freeway following a rally to protest a day after president-elect Donald Trump's election victory in Los Angeles, California, late on Nov 9, 2016.
Police arrest demonstrators after they shut down the 101 Freeway following a rally to protest a day after president-elect Donald Trump's election victory in Los Angeles, California, late on Nov 9, 2016.PHOTO: AFP
Demonstrators gather to protest a day after president-elect Donald Trump's victory, at a rally outside Los Angeles City Hall in Los Angeles, California, on Nov 9, 2016.
Demonstrators gather to protest a day after president-elect Donald Trump's victory, at a rally outside Los Angeles City Hall in Los Angeles, California, on Nov 9, 2016.PHOTO: AFP
Police advance on protesters who shut down the 101 freeway in opposition to the upset election of Donald Trump as President of the United States on Nov 9, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.
Police advance on protesters who shut down the 101 freeway in opposition to the upset election of Donald Trump as President of the United States on Nov 9, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.PHOTO: AFP
Police advance on protesters who shut down the 101 freeway in opposition to the upset election of Donald Trump as President of the United States on Nov 9, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.
Police advance on protesters who shut down the 101 freeway in opposition to the upset election of Donald Trump as President of the United States on Nov 9, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.PHOTO: AFP
Protesters reaching Trump Tower as they march against Republican President-elect Donald Trump in Manhattan, New York, on Nov 9, 2016.
Protesters reaching Trump Tower as they march against Republican President-elect Donald Trump in Manhattan, New York, on Nov 9, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS
A protester holding a sign during a protest against president-elect Donald Trump outside Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago, Illinois, US, on Nov 9, 2016.
A protester holding a sign during a protest against president-elect Donald Trump outside Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago, Illinois, US, on Nov 9, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS
Krystina Robinson of Las Vegas carries a placard in protest against the election of Republican Donald Trump as President of the United States, across from the Trump International Hotel & Tower in Las Vegas, Nevada, US, on Nov 9, 2016.
Krystina Robinson of Las Vegas carries a placard in protest against the election of Republican Donald Trump as President of the United States, across from the Trump International Hotel & Tower in Las Vegas, Nevada, US, on Nov 9, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS
Berkeley High student Ariana Melton, 16, holding a sign during a protest in response to the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States in Berkeley, California, US, on Nov 9, 2016.
Berkeley High student Ariana Melton, 16, holding a sign during a protest in response to the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States in Berkeley, California, US, on Nov 9, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS
Students protest immigration policy in response to the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States in Berkeley, California, US, on Nov 9, 2016.
Students protest immigration policy in response to the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States in Berkeley, California, US, on Nov 9, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS
Alice Bynum (centre) standing with other Berkeley High School staff members and holding a sign while attending a protest about the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States in Berkeley, California, US, on Nov 9, 2016.
Alice Bynum (centre) standing with other Berkeley High School staff members and holding a sign while attending a protest about the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States in Berkeley, California, US, on Nov 9, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP, WASHINGTON POST) – Protesters burned a giant orange-haired head of Donald Trump in effigy, lit fires in the streets and blocked traffic as rage over the billionaire’s election victory spilled onto the streets of major US cities.

From New York to Los Angeles, thousands of people in around 10 cities rallied late Wednesday (Nov 10) against the president-elect a day after his stunning win, some carrying signs declaiming “Not our President” and “Love trumps hate.” 

Most of the major demonstrations were peaceful and  took place in urban centres in blue states Clinton won Tuesday – highlighting the demographic divide that shaped the election results.


Police advance on protesters who shut down the 101 freeway in opposition to the upset election of Donald Trump as President of the United States on Nov 9, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. PHOTO: AFP

Outside Trump’s residence in Trump Tower on New York’s Fifth Avenue, protesters gathered with signs reading “Dump Trump”. Police said they had arrested 15 people, the New York Times reported.

Protesters playing a game of cat and mouse with police blocked a major highway near downtown Los Angeles in a demonstration that continued into the wee hours of Thursday, bringing traffic to a standstill.

Police arrested 13 people, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Demonstrators outside Los Angeles City Hall also hoisted a giant, box-shaped likeness of Trump’s head, topped with bright orange hair, and set it ablaze.


Protesters walking during a protest against president-elect Donald Trump in Chicago, Illinois, US, on Nov 9, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

In Washington, several hundred gathered in front of the White House for a candlelight vigil to decry what they called Trump’s racism, sexism and xenophobia, carrying signs reading “We have a voice!” and “Education for all!” 

Protesters also gathered outside the Trump International Hotel in the nation’s capital and shouted “Impeach Donald Trump.”

“People are justly frightened,” said one of its organisers, Ben Wikler, director of the liberal advocacy group MoveOn.org.

“We are here because in these darkest moments, we are not alone,” he told the crowd, before leading chants of “We are not alone!”


A demonstrator carries a placard in protest against the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States, across from the Trump International Hotel & Tower in Las Vegas, Nevada, US, on Nov 9, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

Protests were also held in Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Portland and other cities.

In Oakland, California, some 7,000 people by police estimates lit fires in the street and stood around them chanting. Some threw bottles and firecrackers at police, and several officers were injured, police spokeswoman Johnna Watson told CNN.

She said two police cars also were burned.

Ethan Miller of the workers’ rights group Jobs with Justice said the Washington vigil was meant to show that civil society was resilient.


   Thousands of protesters march down 2nd Avenue on Nov 9, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. PHOTO: AFP 

“It’s a hard time for a lot of Americans,” he told AFP. “We saw a campaign that was filled with racism and misogyny and a whole host of other terrible tactics that ultimately were successful for winning the electoral college.” “But we’re not going to let a Donald Trump presidency stop the progress in this country.” .

In New York, demonstrators holding signs saying “Love Trumps Hate” marched uptown from Union Square to chant in front of Trump Tower.

“The electoral college is broken,” protester Nicholas Forker said of the US indirect voting system. “I think it definitely needs to be reformed.” 


Protesters holding signs during a protest against president-elect Donald Trump outside Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago, Illinois, US, on Nov 9, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

In Chicago, several thousand people gathered around another Trump Tower, blocking downtown traffic. A counter-protest gathered on the other side of the building.

Across the country, high school and college students also staged campus demonstrations and walkouts from classes.


Krystina Robinson of Las Vegas carries a placard in protest against the election of Republican Donald Trump as President of the United States, across from the Trump International Hotel & Tower in Las Vegas, Nevada, US, on Nov 9, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

In Oregon, demonstrators blocked traffic in downtown Portland, forcing a delay on two light-rail lines.

The crowd there grew to about 300 people, local reports said, including some who sat in the middle of a road to block traffic. Others burned US flags.

In Pennsylvania, hundreds of University of Pittsburgh students marched through the streets.

The rallies followed protests overnight on Tuesday as voting results were being tallied, when at least one person was seriously injured in Oakland, California, where demonstrators broke store windows and set garbage alight.