Protesters took to the streets on Wednesday in at least 10 US cities to march against president-elect Donald Trump – and numerous college students and faculty leaders took to social media to announce support groups and even postponed exams.
Protests were underway in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington, DC, Portland, Ore, St. Paul, Minn. and several other cities. An estimated 2,000 protesters poured out on streets of downtown Seattle, expressing their frustration at the Trump victory over Democrat and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who won 228 electoral votes to Trump’s 279, USA Today reported.
At least four arrests were made at the New York protest; many demonstrators were dispersed after police had started to act, The Guardian reported.
It quoted a protester as saying that he along with tens of thousands of other protestors, “despise” Trump, who “represents hatred, corruption and intolerance”.
“The entire political system is set up” to protect the elite over minorities, he reportedly said, and at the apex of that broken system is the president-elect.
In New York, thousands of demonstrators blocked off streets around Trump Tower near the busy intersection of 57th Street and Fifth Avenue, chanting “hey hey, ho ho, Donald Trump has got to go” and “p—y grabs back,” a reference to taped conversations of Trump making lewd commentary about women. One woman protester was topless while another climbed on top of a tree to see the activity. Taxis, city buses and passenger vehicles stood at a standstill.
Earlier on Wednesday, protesters at American University burned US flags on campus.
Across the country, universities and even a few high schools organised post-election civil disobedience of a different sort. Some teachers sent notes to students postponing tests and offering support. Student unions offered sessions of meditation, discussions and tea.