- Title: Thousands march in U.S. cities against Trump presidency
- Date: 13th November 2016
- Summary: WASHINGTON, D.C, UNITED STATES (NOVEMBER 12, 2016) (REUTERS) **** WARNING CONTAINS PROFANITY **** VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS MARCHING THROUGH THE STREETS OF WASHINGTON D.C CHANTING 'THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE" AND ONE PROTESTER HOLDING UP A SIGN READING 'NOT MY PRESIDENT' VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS MARCHING VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS MARCHING AND CHANTING 'LOVE TRUMPS HATE' PROTESTERS MARCHING WITH CAPITOL HILL IN THE BACKGROUND VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS CHANTING OUTSIDE THE TRUMP INTERNATIONAL HOTEL SIGN READING 'TRUMP INTERNATIONAL HOTEL' VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS CHANTING 'MY BODY MY CHOICE' WITH ONE HOLDING UP BANNER READING 'NOT MY PRESIDENT - PUSSY GRABS BACK'
- Embargoed: 28th November 2016 08:20
- Keywords: D.C Portland protests Donald Trump president elections 2016
- Location: WASHINGTON, D.C, / PORTLAND, OREGON, UNITED STATES
- City: WASHINGTON, D.C, / PORTLAND, OREGON, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA00158A0HTZ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: ***NOTE TO EDITORS: EDIT CONTAINS PROFANITY***
Chanting "Not my president", "love trumps hate," and "This is what democracy looks like", thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in cities across the United States on Saturday (November 12) to protest against President-elect Donald Trump, who they say threatens their civil and human rights.
Some of the biggest rallies were in Washington D.C and Portland, Oregon where organizers said they wanted to build on the momentum after several nights of protests triggered by the real-estate mogul's surprise win in Tuesday's presidential election.
In D.C, several hundred protesters marched peacefully past the White House before filling the streets at the foot of the Trump International Hotel.
There were also demonstrations in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, where several thousand protesters gathered.
Since Trump's victory, demonstrators in several cities have decried the Republican's campaign promises to restrict immigration and register Muslims, as well as allegations that the former reality-TV star sexually abused women.
The demonstrations so far have been largely peaceful, although in Portland protesters smashed store windows, sprayed graffiti and damaged cars late on Friday as they clashed with police who used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse crowds.
Dozens of protesters have been arrested and a handful of police injured.
"So I came out independently tonight. The police asked everyone to stay home but I want to recognize that people don't feel like they have somewhere to go or express their frustration," said Kris Ramsey a protester in Portland.
Some bystanders were against the protests.
"I think it's embarrassing for our city. You know, don't you. I mean, the rule, you can't you can't change the rules of football because your team lost. You know what I mean," said Will Fairchild, a Portland resident.
The demonstrations since the election have been impromptu affairs, quickly organized by young Americans with a diverse array of backgrounds and agendas.
Protesters were at their most numerous and intense in the rallies immediately following the election before getting smaller in scale. Saturday's protests, however, were expected to be bigger due to the weekend.
As activists look to the next four years with Trump in the White House and his party controlling both houses of Congress, some are preparing for what they hope will be the nation's most enduring demonstrations since the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Trump initially denounced the protests and said they were "incited" by the media, but reversed course on Friday and praised the demonstrators' "passion for our great country."
"We will all come together and be proud!" Trump said on Twitter.
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