Anti-Trump Protests Take to the Streets From L.A. to NYC
The NYPD kept protesters one block away from Trump Tower during Saturday's demonstration.
Saturday saw the fourth day of anti-Trump protests in Los Angeles, New York City and major cities across the United States, with demonstrators documenting the election rallies on social media.
In L.A., several thousand demonstrators gathered in MacArthur Park and marched down Wilshire Boulevard toward downtown, with the crowd growing in numbers along its route. The chants ranged from "This is what democracy looks like" to "Black lives matter."
Many marched to condemn Trump's hate speech about Muslims, his pledge to deport people in the country illegally and his crude comments about women. Jennifer Cruz, 18, of Ventura, Calif., carried a sign that asked: "Legalize weed but not my Mom?" — a reference to Californians' Tuesday passage of a measure legalizing recreational marijuana use.
Cruz said her parents have been in the United States illegally for 30 years, although her mother has spent years seeking citizenship. She called the possibility of their deportation terrifying. "We talk about it almost every day," she said. "My mom wants to leave it in the hands of God, but I'm not just going to sit back and not do anything. I'm going to fight for my parents, even if it kills me." She added, "He doesn't realize all the families he's hurting."
Shawn Smith, 41, wore an American-flag vest and held a glittery sign that said "Love Trumps Hate."
"What he's been able to do is make 50 percent of the nation look over their shoulder," he said. "If you're gay, if you're LGBT, if you're Muslim, if you're Latin, if you're special needs, if you're female, it's a much unsafer place now."
He added, "We're not going to just sit back and watch our rights being taken away, our health care being taken away."
Blade Runner LA Protest Style pic.twitter.com/4PBHHq7UEY— UCLA UAW 2865 (@UAWUCLA) November 12, 2016
Anti-Trump protest along Wilshire Blvd near downtown pic.twitter.com/nv9qedIBz6— Angelina Feliciano (@AngelinaCity_) November 12, 2016
The grim reaper grabbed an iced coffee as the LA protest against Trump winds down. pic.twitter.com/E2dMbTBmS8— Deborah Netburn (@DeborahNetburn) November 12, 2016
In Manhattan, protesters again gathered in Union Square before marching uptown to Trump Tower. Tens of thousands of New Yorkers joined, including castmembers of Netflix's Orange Is the New Black and documentary filmmaker and Trump critic Michael Moore, who also took to Twitter on Saturday while outside the president-elect's residence.
Police set up barricades in front of some of the most expensive stores in Manhattan as the group made its way along Fifth Avenue and blocked off one block around Trump Tower.
"I just can't have Donald Trump running this country and teaching our children racism, sexism and bigotry," said Noemi Abad, 30, a fashion designer, as she marched down the famous road. "Out of his own mouth he made this division. He needs to go — there's no place for racism in society in America."
Amid the protests outside, Trump himself remained holed up inside his Trump Tower.
I'm in the middle of thousands -tens of thousands?- of American voters outside Trump Tower demanding he step aside. He got the least votes.— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) November 12, 2016
Oh my god I JUST realized this is the cast of Orange is the New Black pic.twitter.com/I8EZ9Xata3— Nancé (@nancyalligood) November 12, 2016
Possibly more than 10,000 people lining Fifth Avenue right now leading up to Trump Tower, chants of "Shame!" and "Pay your taxes!" pic.twitter.com/7v3gwvhxEz— Laurie Brookins (@StyleWriterNYC) November 12, 2016
The police have fenced off the entire block in front of Trump Tower pic.twitter.com/lor0L92DrT— Colin Stokes (@ColinJStokes) November 12, 2016
Cops stopped anti-Trump protesters one block away from Trump Tower in NYC. Cops won't let them get any closer. pic.twitter.com/hql5myHpsW— Ash J (@AshAgony) November 12, 2016
On 5th Ave NYC. Has to be well over 100,000 protesters heading up to Trump Tower pic.twitter.com/8kosC7QlIs— Terry Reardon (@tejack47) November 12, 2016
Marching with tons of protesters down Fifth Ave to Trump Tower right now! pic.twitter.com/LDR3pqNWSu— Patti (@PattiFromNYC) November 12, 2016
Police presence n media heavy here in NYC at Trump towers. Protesters still active n no access to Trump towers pic.twitter.com/urtMxHlur3— Pam Palmater (@Pam_Palmater) November 12, 2016
thousands of anti-trump protesters marching down 5th ave in NYC as far as the eye can see pic.twitter.com/rFd8WT9Bkm— Jenny G. Zhang (@jennygzhang) November 12, 2016
Anti-Trump protesters chanting in Midtown NYC as NYPD keeps them penned in one lane. pic.twitter.com/yNF5kVSuy4— Ash J (@AshAgony) November 12, 2016
Crowd steadily growing in Union Square for anti-Trump protest pic.twitter.com/7rXszdurrm— Steven D'Souza (@cbcsteve) November 12, 2016
In downtown Chicago, protest signs read "I will not normalize racism" and "Love trumps hate" as hundreds of people, including families with small children, chanted, "No hate. No fear. Immigrants are welcome here," while marching through Millennium Park.
Sonja Spray, 29, who heard about the protest on Facebook, said she has signed an online petition urging the Electoral College to honor the popular vote and elect Clinton. "Women aren't playthings. Journalists aren't pawns. People of color are not commodities. Marriage equality is not up for debate," said Spray.
Trump protest passing the Chicago Theatre on State Street pic.twitter.com/6AsnYmk2jI— Sam Charles (@samjcharles) November 12, 2016
Protests were mainly peaceful, but in Portland, Ore., a man who was participating in a march was shot after a confrontation with someone in a vehicle Friday night. Police expect the man to survive and detained four people in connection with the shooting. A motive for the shooting was unclear. The four people detained are believed to be gang members, but the victim is not.
The shooting followed rowdy Friday-night protests, when police used tear gas in response to "burning projectiles" thrown at officers, police said on Twitter. Hundreds of people marched through the city, disrupting traffic and spray-painting graffiti.
Authorities reported instances of vandalism and assault during a rally that organizers had billed as peaceful earlier in the day.
In other parts of the country, spirited demonstrations on college campuses and peaceful marches along downtown streets have taken place since Wednesday.
Protests also were held in Detroit; Minneapolis; Kansas City, Mo.; Olympia, Wash.; Iowa City, Iowa; and more.
More than 200 people carrying signs gathered on the steps of the Washington State Capitol. The group chanted, "Not my president," and, "No Trump, no KKK, no fascist U.S.A."
In Tennessee, Vanderbilt University students sang civil-rights songs and marched through campus across a Nashville street, temporarily blocking traffic.
In Cincinnati, hundreds of protesters already had taken to the streets early Saturday afternoon to peacefully protest the jury's deadlock in the trial of a white former police officer who killed an unarmed black motorist in 2015.
Demonstrations also took place internationally. A group of Mexicans at a statue representing independence in Mexico City expressed their concerns about a possible wave of deportations. One school teacher said it would add to the "unrest" that's already in Mexico. About 300 people protested Trump's election as the next American president outside the U.S. Embassy near the landmark Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.
President Barack Obama meets in Berlin next week with Chancellor Angela Merkel and several other European leaders. He is expected to confront global concerns about Trump's election.