'Not My President': Thousands Across US Protest Trump Win

Thursday, November 10, 2016

People took to the streets in major cities, and high school students walked out of class to reject Donald Trump's election as president of the US.

Protests broke out across the country with people chanting, “Not my president!” and “America you are better than this,” as many continue to question the future of the country under the real estate billionaire after an 18 month-long racist, misogynistic and xenophobic campaign.

At Union Square and Columbus Circle in New York, hundreds of demonstrators gathered Wednesday evening responding to several Facebook events for demonstrations created earlier in the day.

More than 10,000 Facebook users said they would join the protests, according to NBC New York.

In Chicago, thousands protested outside Trump International Hotel and Tower as they held signs and chanted slogans against the president-elect. “I want this to be a show that we're still here, to show there are still good people in this country," Emily Marlowe, of Chicago, told the Chicago Tribune. "We'll be here every day if we have to.”

The demonstrators blocked Trump Tower in Chicago and its lower-level parking garage before marching downtown. “No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA” and “Not my president!” were among the chants shouted by the crowd.

“We don't want a president who hates,” Chicago resident Gloria Ortega told the local newspaper. “We don't want a racist, sexist, xenophobe.”

Meanwhile, in California, several protests against Trump took place across the state with students at several San Francisco Bay Area high schools walking out in the middle of class. In Berkeley, California, outside San Francisco, some 1,500 high school students and teachers walked out of class chanting: "Not our president."

A predominantly Latino group of about 300 high school students walked out of classon the morning of November 9 in Los Angeles and marched to the steps of City Hall, where they held a brief but boisterous rally.

Chanting in Spanish, “The people united will never be defeated,” the group held signs with slogans such as “Not Supporting Racism, Not My President” and “Immigrants Make America Great”.

Many of those students were members of the "Dreamers" generation, children whose parents entered the US with them without documents, school officials said, and who fear deportation under a Trump administration.

“A child should not live in fear that they will be deported,” said Stephanie Hipolito, one of the student organizers of the walkout. She said her parents are US citizens.

Local reports also suggested that groups of high school students walked out of classes in Oakland and Seattle, while several hundred students protested at the University of Texas. Reuters said there were no immediate reports of arrests or violence.

[Reposted from TeleSUR English.]