US: Thousands join in nationwide anti-Trump protests
After the election of Donald Trump in the United States generated worldwide shock, the US has seen instability and protests. Marking the fourth day of protests, tens of thousands of people marched across the US on Saturday.
The protests were held in big cities like New York and Chicago as well as smaller ones, such as Worcester, Massachusetts, and Iowa City, Iowa and were mostly peaceful, except when two police officers were injured during protests in Indianapolis.
Reportedly protesters rallied at New York’s Union Square before taking their cause up Fifth Avenue toward Trump Tower, where they were held back by police barricades.
During the presidential campaign, Trump’s comments, especially a 2005 recording of him making lewd comments about women, sparked outrage and now have led to protests as reports have claimed that half of the US voters chose Democrat Hillary Clinton.
In Indianapolis on Saturday, demonstrators threw rocks at police, slightly injuring two officers, Troy Riggs, police chief informed. “We believe that we have some instigators that arrived in our city,” trying to start a riot, Riggs said.
Reports have claimed that the rowdy demonstrators marched through downtown Portland, Oregon, for the fourth night on Saturday despite calls from the mayor and police chief for calm. Several hundred people took to the streets and Portland authorities made multiple arrests after protesters threw bottles and other items at officers in riot gear and blocked streets and light rail lines.
While in Los Angeles, several thousand people marched through downtown streets Saturday to condemn what they saw as Trump’s hate speech about Muslims, pledge to deport people in the country illegally and crude comments about women.
It is to be noted that in other parts of the country, spirited demonstrations on college campuses and peaceful marches along downtown streets have taken place since Wednesday. Reportedly, evening marches disrupted traffic in Miami and Atlanta.
According to reports, protests also were held in Detroit, Minneapolis, Kansas City, Missouri, Olympia, Washington, Iowa City and more. More than 200 people, carrying signs, gathered on the steps of the Capitol. The group chanted “not my president” and “no Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA.”
While in Tennessee, Vanderbilt University students sang civil rights songs and marched through campus across a Nashville street, temporarily blocking traffic. However, in Chicago, hundreds of people including families with small children chanted “No hate. No fear. Immigrants are welcome here” on Saturday as they marched through Millennium Park, a popular downtown tourist attraction.
There have been online petitions that have gone viral urging the electoral college to honor the popular vote and elect Clinton.
Interestingly, President Barack Obama meets German Chancellor Angela Merkel and several other European leaders in Berlin next week, and is expected to confront global concerns about Trump’s election.