Wednesday 13 December 2017

'Not my president' they chanted

A group of protesters gather outside of the White House after U.S. President-elect Donald Trump met with U.S. President Barack Obama at White House in Washington. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
A group of protesters gather outside of the White House after U.S. President-elect Donald Trump met with U.S. President Barack Obama at White House in Washington. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Andrew Dalton

Protesters took to the streets across the US following Donald Trump's divisive election victory.

People demonstrated from New England to heartland cities like Kansas City and along the west coast, with flags and effigies of the President-elect.

The protesters disrupted traffic and many declared that they refused to accept Mr Trump's victory.

In Los Angeles, thousands of protesters burned a giant papier-mache Trump head and started fires in Oakland.

Protesters in LA also beat a Trump piñata and sprayed the 'Los Angeles Times' building and news vans with anti-Trump profanity.

One protester outside LA City Hall read a sign that simply said "this is very bad".

Vishal Singh (23) said he was disappointed with voters who supported a man he sees as anti-immigrant and anti-LGBT.

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"I expected better of my electorate," he told the 'Los Angeles Times'. "I thought this country was different."

Late in the evening, several hundred people blocked one of the city's busiest freeways, US 101, between downtown and Hollywood.

In Chicago, several thousand people marched through the Loop and gathered outside Trump Tower, chanting "Not my president!".

Chicago resident Michael Burke said he believes the President-elect will "divide the country and stir up hatred". He added there was a constitutional duty not to accept that outcome.

Police said up to 2,000 people participated in the Chicago protests. Police reported five arrests, including two for obstructing traffic.

A similar protest in Manhattan drew about 1,000 people. Outside Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in Midtown, police installed barricades to keep the demonstrators at bay.

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