Friday 9 December 2016

Protests continue as Trump has change of heart

Robert Jablon

Published 12/11/2016 | 02:30

People march in protest to the election of Republican Donald Trump as the president of the United States in Seattle, Washington. Photo: Reuters
People march in protest to the election of Republican Donald Trump as the president of the United States in Seattle, Washington. Photo: Reuters

President-elect Donald Trump appears to have had a change of heart in his reaction to protesters demonstrating over his election victory.

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Mr Trump denounced the protesters in a tweet late on Thursday, writing: "Just had a very open and successful presidential election. Now professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair!"

But early yesterday, he tweeted: "Love the fact that the small groups of protesters last night have passion for our great country. We will all come together and be proud!"

In Portland, hundreds of people marched through the city as protests turned violent, with people smashing store windows and lighting firecrackers.

Police declared a riot, said there were people with baseball bats in the crowd and told marchers via loudspeaker to move on.

Oregon Department of Transportation officials closed portions of interstate highways intermittently as a precaution.

Protesters managed to shut down an interstate near central Denver briefly.

Police said that demonstrators had made their way onto the freeway and traffic was halted in the northbound and southbound lanes for about 30 minutes.

Disturbances

In Dallas, meanwhile, dozens of demonstrators gathered for a second night at Dealey Plaza to speak against the election.

The demonstration was peaceful with no disturbances or arrests reported.

A crowd that included parents with children in prams gathered near Philadelphia's City Hall.

They held signs bearing slogans like 'Not Our President', 'Trans Against Trump' and 'Make America Safe For All'.

About 500 people turned out in Louisville, Kentucky, chanting and carrying signs as they marched.

A day earlier, five people were arrested at Western Kentucky University as demonstrators protested against Mr Trump's election.

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