By Ian Simpson and Gina Cherelus
| WASHINGTON/NEW YORK
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK Demonstrators took to streets across the country for a second day on Thursday to protest Republican Donald Trump's election victory, voicing worries that Trump would strike a blow against civil rights.Trump's marquee buildings in New York and Washington were targets of protesters, and police put up security fences around the president-elect's hotel in Washington, not far from the White House, and shielded New York's Trump Tower with a line of concrete blocks.About 100 protesters marched from the White House, where Trump had his first transition meeting with President Barack Obama on Thursday, to the newly opened Trump International Hotel, chanting "love Trumps hate.""This generation deserves better than Donald Trump," said Lily Morton, 17, marching with about 100 classmates from the Georgetown Day School. "The queer people, coloured people, women, girls, everyone that is going to be affected by this, we need to protest to help them."After the students marched on, 72-year-old John Allen, of Silver Spring, Maryland, remained behind to protest at the hotel."We are not going back to this racist white supremacist oligarchy," Allen said.A Trump campaign representative did not respond to requests for comment on the protests. In his acceptance speech early Wednesday, when Trump stuck a far more sedate tone than he had at many of his campaign events, Trump said he would be a president for all Americans.Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor and a high-profile Trump supporter, called the demonstrators "a bunch of spoiled cry-babies," in an interview with Fox News.
Protesters cited a list of objections to Trump, including his campaign rhetoric critical of immigrants and Muslims, as well as allegations that he had sexually abused women and bragged about it. Trump has denied those allegations.White House spokesman Joshua Earnest said Obama supported the demonstrators' right to express themselves peacefully.Republican National Committee spokesman Sean Spicer urged the protesters to give Trump a chance once he is sworn into office in January."I hope that people get it out of their systems. They go out, they exercise ... their right to free speech, but then they give this man that was just elected very historically and his new vice president an opportunity to govern," Spicer said in an interview on MSNBC
In San Francisco, more than 1,000 students walked out of classes on Thursday morning and marched through the city’s financial district carrying rainbow flags representing the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, Mexican flags and signs decrying Trump.Several hundred students at Texas State University in San Marcos took to the campus to protest Trump's election, with many saying they fear he will infringe the civil rights of minorities and the LGBT community.Civil rights groups and police reported an uptick in attacks on members of minority groups, in some cases carried out by people claiming to support Trump. There were also reports of Trump opponents lashing out violently against people carrying signs indicating support for Trump.
Organizers used social media to plan and schedule many of the protests. A Facebook group using the name "#NotMyPresident," formed by college and high school students, called for an anti-Trump rally on Inauguration Day, Jan. 20.In New York's Washington Square park, several hundred people gathered to protest Trump's election. Three miles (5 km) to the north at the gilt Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue, where Trump lives, 29-year-old Alex Conway stood holding a sign with the "not my president" slogan."This sign is not to say he isn't the president of the United States, but for two days I can use my emotion to be against this outcome and to express that he's not mine," said Conway, who works in the film industry.More anti-Trump demonstrations are planned heading into the weekend.The United States has seen waves of large-scale, sometimes violent protests in the past few years. Cities from Ferguson, Missouri, to Chicago have been rocked by demonstrations following high-profile police killings of unarmed black men and teens. Those followed a wave of large-scale protest encampments, starting with the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York in 2011. (Reporting by Gina Cherelus in New York and Ian Simpson in Washington; Additional reporting by Jon Herskovitz in Austin, Texas, and Curtis Skinner in San Francisco; Writing by Scott Malone; Editing by Daniel Wallis and Leslie Adler)
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Published Date: Nov 11, 2016 04:15 am | Updated Date: Nov 11, 2016 04:15 am