Millions of Protesters Take to Streets in US to Voice Anger at Donald Trump Presidency

Millions of Protesters Take to Streets in US to Voice Anger at Donald Trump Presidency

Donald Trump will visit the White House tomorrow as the US President-elect as he receives congratulations from leaders around the world

Donald Trump has pulled off a shock US election win after channelling Brexit style forces to defeat establishment candidate Hillary Clinton.


Clinton went into election day with a lead in the polls, but confidence in her becoming America’s first female President rapidly disappeared as results started coming in.

She gave a concession speech at around 4.30pm GMT.

In a victory speech Trump dropped the vitriol of his campaign and vowed to “bind the wounds of division”, but angry crowds burned flags and chanted “not our President”.

He will visit President Obama tomorrow at the White House as he enjoys congratulations from world leaders including Russian President Vladimir Putin – by telegram – and British Prime Minister Theresa May.

Trump’s home city of New York protests his election win

A protester dressed as a crying Statue of Liberty
A protester dressed as a crying Statue of Liberty

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.”

Demonstrators marched through the streets of Midtown
Demonstrators marched through the streets of Midtown

Pussy Riot on Donald Trump Presidency

Two weeks before the results of the US elections, Nadya Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot posted a video showing now president-elect Donald Trump winning the election and what life would be like under his administration.

However, the Russian activist and musician says her intention was not merely to be prophetic.

“I didn’t believe until the last point that he would actually win and the goal of the music video was to warn people and share my experience with living with Vladimir Putin with Americans who about to vote for Trump.”

Tolokonnikova continues to be an outspoken critic of the Russian president and was one of the two Pussy Riot members who was sent to prison in Russia following a performance at a cathedral in Moscow.

She was also one of the members of the group who was attacked by Cossacks in Sochi during an appearance at the Winter Olympics in 2014.

Currently living in Los Angeles, she’s turned her attention to advocating for human rights in the United States.

“The important part about freedoms is that they can easily be taken away from you and you shouldn’t be cocky about your freedoms,” she told Reuters.

“I think a lot of American people think they have freedoms and that they will never lose them and they would say that our country is free and that other countries are not.”

Shooting ‘not related to Trump protest’

Jamie Tomkins, from Q13 Fox, says there is a “massive” scene involving the emergency services.

She reports there’s a “shooter on the loose”.

The channel is also reporting the shooting is NOT related to the Trump protest.

Two of five victims critically injured

Two of the five victims are critically injured, the Fire Department has added.

They are being transported to hospital.

BREAKING: Shots fired in Seattle – multiple victims

There are multiple victims following a shooting in Seattle, according to police.

It happened in the downtown area near to where the anti-Trump rally is taking place.

How Michael Moore predicted EXACTLY how and why Trump would win

If you’re still wondering how exactly Donald Trump managed to win the Presidency, it’s worth reading this by political commentator Michael Moore.

In five bullet points, he maps out why Trump was the alternative millions of disgruntled Americans were looking for and how the voting system played to the Republican’s favour.

What’s even more remarkable is that he wrote it four months ago.

Here’s a video of him going into more detail, be warned there is very strong language involved:

Effigy of Donald Trump being hanged in New York

Piers Morgan has blasted supporters who have brought an effigy of Donald Trump being hanged to the protest tonight.

He suggested there would be considerable outrage if Hillary Clinton had been the target.

We’re also hearing reports of possible arrests being made in Manhattan although that’s not confirmed by NYPD.

Protesters had certainly been warned not to block traffic as they marched through the city.

No comment from Trump on protests

Here’s a flavour of some of the protests continuing in Oregon and New York city at the moment.

So far there have been no reports of arrests or violence.

“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.”

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.”

Anti-Trump protests in cities across the United States

Here’s a list of where we know of anti-Trump protests so far today:

  • New York
  • Boston
  • Des Moines
  • Detroit
  • Philadelphia
  • Washington
  • Austin
  • Chicago
  • Los Angeles
  • Oakland
  • Oregon
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle
  • New Orleans

There’s also talk of more starting soon in other cities.

Thousands also protesting Trump in Boston

Some images now from Boston, where thousands are also protesting Donald Trump.

They’re carrying placards, signs and banners and chanting.

The group has marched from Boston Common and is now outside the Statehouse.

Immigrants fear being deported by Trump regime

Immigrant workers across the US have been reporting taunts and harassment and children begged to be brought home from school amid ethnic or religious bullying, parents and teachers said today.

People took to social media to voice their anger and concerns, and rights organisations fielded calls from worried people seeking advice.

Parents and many advocates, meanwhile, worked to calm people down.

Protesters walk during a protest against Republican president-elect Donald Trump outside Trump International Hotel and Tower
Protesters walk during a protest against Republican president-elect Donald Trump outside Trump International Hotel and Tower

 

Protesters walk during a protest against Republican president-elect Donald Trump outside Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago, Illinois
Protesters walk during a protest against Republican president-elect Donald Trump outside Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago, Illinois

While Trump could undo some of Democratic President Barack Obama’s legacy on immigration through executive orders, many of the Republican’s promises would require the cooperation of Congress and likely face court challenges.

Experts have also cautioned that finding and deporting the country’s 11 million illegal immigrants would carry enormous logistic and financial costs.

Among those for whom concern about deportation is the greatest are young people who are in the United States on a program started under an order from Obama that is opposed by many Congressional Republicans.

Anti-Trump Protest, Columbus Circle, New York
Anti-Trump Protest, Columbus Circle, New York

 

Anti-Trump Protest, Columbus Circle, New York
Anti-Trump Protest, Columbus Circle, New York

 

Protesters hold signs in opposition to the election of Republican Donald Trump as President of the United States in Boston, Massachusetts
Protesters hold signs in opposition to the election of Republican Donald Trump as President of the United States in Boston, Massachusetts

To request protection from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which shields young people brought to the United States as children from deportation, applicants must send the government a form with their parents’ names and addresses.

Obama enacted the program through executive order after a Republican-controlled Congress blocked the Dream Act.

“The government now has a list of people who are here without documentation – their names, their addresses, how long they’ve been here, where they work,” said California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, a Democrat from San Diego who has been fielding calls from constituents all day.

Police protect Trump Tower in Chicago

In Chicago, police have just taken the decision to block off protesters at the bridge to Trump Tower.

“I want this to be a show that we’re still here, to show there are still good people in this country,” said Emily Marlowe told the Chicago Tribune.

“We’ll be here every day if we have to.”

“We don’t want a president who hates,” said Gloria Ortega.

“We don’t want a racist, sexist, xenophobe.”

Thousands taking to the streets

More aerial images and videos are coming in from the anti-Trump protests and the numbers are huge, particularly in Chicago and New York.

It’s still a little early in Los Angeles and the demo is supposed to start at 7pm local time.

One estimate of the numbers in New York city was 300,000 earlier.

‘Muslims are here to stay’

The Council on American-Islamic Relations held a news conference in Washington, DC on the results of the U.S. election on Wednesday.

CAIR’s National Executive Director, Nihad Awad said they congratulate President-elect Donald Trump on his election victory.

He added that “American muslims are here to stay.”

“We will not be intimidated or marginalised.”

Donald Trump has made several comments about Muslims, that those from abroad should be barred entry or intensely scrutinised beforehan.

The presence of vocal anti-Islamic activists among his supporters, has alarmed many.

“Politics is politics and bigotry is bigotry. And those two need to be separated,” said Colin Christopher from the Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Virginia.

Detroit also protesting against Trump

Similar protests are also ongoing in Detroit tonight.

Journalist Chris Burn tweeted this clip of people chanting: “No Trump, No KKK, No Fascists, USA”

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