Americans refuse to accept Donald Trump as president, protests erupt across America
Presidential election is one of the important event in our country, it affects our present and our future. So it’s unsurprising to see riots after the results showing that Trump won presidency. American youth started to protest immediately denouncing a new racist president. More details below.
Los Angeles Times
The election of Donald Trump to the presidency sparked riots Wednesday across California, drawing crowds to city streets and college campuses. The demonstrations reflected sadness, anger and bursts of rage. Crowds openly disavowed the president-elect, and a few resorted to vandalism. At Berkeley High School, about 1,500 students — half the entire student body — walked out of class after first period began at 8 a.m. in protest of Trump’s victory, Berkeley Unified School District officials said.
Students tweeted “#NotMyPresident,” and pledged to unify. Others chanted, “Si, se puede,” Spanish for “Yes, we can,” and waved Mexican flags, according to posts on social media.
“It’s not the first time we’ve had a walkout. We know what to expect, we know what we need to do,” said Berkeley Unified spokesman Charles Burress.
Albany HS has come to join us!!!!! pic.twitter.com/1EvTT2ZzgW
— Berkeley High School (@Jacket__Pride) November 9, 2016
Earlier in the day, shortly after Trump delivered his victory speech in New York, an estimated 2,000 people rallied at UCLA, where two separate demonstrations merged into one, said UCLA police Sgt. Miguel Banuelos. The demonstration peaked about 1 a.m., when a Trump piñata was set on fire in a trash can outside a Westwood Boulevard store. The small blaze aside, no major incidents were reported, and police said the crowd was peaceful.
Protesters blocking traffic on Hawthorne pic.twitter.com/UgZhVeOhHV
— Mike Benner (@MikeBennerKGW) November 9, 2016
In Portland, Ore., protesters set fire to the trash in a dumpster and rolled into the middle of the street, KGW-TV reported. A crowd chanted, “Whose streets? Our streets!” while some shouted expletives about Trump. In Seattle’s Capital Hill neighborhood, protesters lay in the middle of the street, blocking traffic, KING-TV reported. Students at the University of Pittsburgh marched through the campus, the Washington Times reported. At UCLA, some students lifted their arms while protesting in Westwood Village. Others chanted, “Not my president,” according to social media. Demonstrations also were reported in downtown Los Angeles, at UC Santa Cruz and UC Irvine. See more
Atlanta Black Star
Just hours after new president-elect Donald J. Trump delivered his victory speech in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, frustrated Americans nationwide took to the streets to decry the upsetting outcome of this year’s presidential election.
Over in Oakland, California, the scene was much more tense. According to the local police, protesters shattered a window at the Oakland Tribune Newsroom, while old tires and empty trash containers were set on fire. Demonstrators even burned a Trump effigy, Bay Area news station KNTV reports. But despite the broken windows on five store-fronts and vandalism at another business, Oakland police spokeswoman Johnna Watson said one citation was issued and nobody was arrested. See more
Scene on Broadway in downtown #Oakland after #ElectionNight results. Also smashed windows. @EastBayTimes @OakTribNews @mercnews pic.twitter.com/jIW7Kw7DmC
— Tyska (@Tyska) November 9, 2016
Riots are clear sign that Americans, especially black people, are afraid for our future and are willing to fight for it. For years black lives meant constant struggle and overcoming obstacles, that’s why we’ll continue to fight against anyone who would try to put us in the back seats of a bus.