“Not our president” say fearful Americans as protests escalate

Thousands took to the streets across US, from New York to Texas to California, in anger against the victory of Republican President-elect Donald Trump whose comments during his campaign were often seen as Islamophobic, racist, homophobic and sexist.

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A shooting was reported in Seattle, however, it was unclear if it was related to the anti-Trump demonstrations there. A Facebook page for a protest scheduled for Manhattan's Union Square Park showed more than 8,000 people planned to attend.

Throngs of demonstrators marched in cities across the United States on Wednesday to protest Republican Donald Trump's surprise victory in the US presidential election, blasting his controversial campaign rhetoric about immigrants, Muslims and other groups. 

US police were on site as protesters tried to reach Trump Tower during a march against Republican president-elect Donald Trump in the neighbourhood of Manhattan in New York City. (Reuters)

In New York, thousands of protesters filled streets in midtown Manhattan as they made their way to Trump Tower, Trump's gilded home on Fifth Avenue. Hundreds of others gathered at a Manhattan park and shouted: "Not my president."

While some marched peacefully in Manhattan in New York, others burnt the US flag in protest against the result of the US presidential election. (Reuters)

In downtown Chicago, an estimated 1,800 people gathered outside the Trump International Hotel and Tower, chanting phrases like "No Trump! No KKK! No racist USA."

Chicago police closed roads in the area, impeding the demonstrators' path. There were no immediate reports of arrests or violence. (Reuters)

"I'm just really terrified about what is happening in this country," said 22-year-old Adriana Rizzo in Chicago, who was holding a sign that read: "Enjoy your rights while you can."

Protesters railed against Trump's campaign pledge to build a wall along the border with Mexico to keep immigrants from entering the country illegally.

Hundreds also gathered in Philadelphia, Boston, Seattle and Portland, Oregon, on Wednesday evening, and organisers planned rallies in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Oakland, California. (Reuters)

In Austin, the Texas capital, about 400 people marched through the streets, police said.

Trump property was the destination for many of the protests which erupted across American on Wednesday. Protesters also sought to reach Trump International Hotel & Tower in Las Vegas. (Reuters)

A representative of the Trump campaign did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the protests. In his victory speech, Trump said he would be president for all Americans, saying: "It is time for us to come together as one united people."

Earlier this month, his campaign rejected the support of a Ku Klux Klan newspaper and said that "Mr Trump and his campaign denounces hate in any form."

Shooting in Seattle

Seattle police said on Twitter on Wednesday night they were investigating a report of a shooting with "multiple victims" not far from the scene of protests over the surprise victory of Republican Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential election.

The Seattle Fire Department said on Twitter shortly after 7 pm local time that crews were treating five patients with gunshot wounds, two of them with life-threatening injuries.

It was not immediately clear if the shooting was related to the demonstrations in Seattle. (Reuters)

"Dreamers" fear deportation

Thousands of students across California and other states walked out of classes on Wednesday, many of them chanting "not our president”. Protesters expressed their concerns over Islamophobia, racism, homophobia and sexism – issues which arose during the Republican president-elect’s campaign.

Earlier on Wednesday, some 1,500 students and teachers rallied in the courtyard of Berkeley High School, in Berkeley, a San Francisco Bay Area city known for its liberal politics, before marching toward the campus of the University of California, Berkeley. (Reuters)

Hundreds of high school and college students also walked out in protest in Seattle, Phoenix, Los Angeles and three other Bay Area cities, Oakland, Richmond and El Cerrito.

A rally was held in downtown Los Angeles which culminated at the steps of City Hall. (Reuters)

A predominantly Latino group of about 300 high school students walked out of classes on Wednesday morning in Los Angeles and marched to the steps of City Hall, where they held a brief but boisterous rally.

Chanting in Spanish: "The people united will never be defeated," the group held signs with slogans such as "Not Supporting Racism, Not My President" and "Immigrants Make America Great."

There were no immediate reports of arrests or violence in Los Angeles. (Reuters)

Many of those students were members of the "Dreamers" generation, children whose parents entered the United States with them illegally, school officials said, and who fear deportation under a Trump administration.

"A child should not live in fear that they will be deported," said Stephanie Hipolito, one of the student organisers of the walkout. She said her parents were US citizens.

Wednesday's demonstrations followed a night of protests in the San Francisco area and elsewhere in the country in response to Trump's victory against heavily favoured Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. (Reuters)

Demonstrators smashed storefront windows and set garbage and tires ablaze late on Tuesday in downtown Oakland. A few miles away, students at the University of California, Berkeley protested on campus. 

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