Thousands march in nationwide anti-Trump protests

Protesters rallied at New York’s Union Square before taking their cause up Fifth Avenue toward Trump Tower. (AP)

Tens of thousands of people marched in streets across the United States on Saturday, staging the fourth day of protests of Donald Trump‘s surprise victory as president.

The protests — held in big cities such as Los Angeles, New York and Chicago as well as smaller ones, such as Worcester, Massachusetts, and Iowa City, Iowa — were largely peaceful Saturday, although two police officers were slightly injured during protests in Indianapolis.

Protesters rallied at New York’s Union Square before taking their cause up Fifth Avenue toward Trump Tower, where they were held back by police barricades.

The Republican president-elect was holed up inside his tower apartment, working with aides on the transition to the White House.

Among those railing against him was filmmaker Michael Moore, who tweeted a demand that Trump “step aside.”

Fashion designer Noemi Abad, 30, agreed.

“I just can’t have Donald Trump running this country and teaching our children racism, sexism and bigotry,” she said. “Out of his own mouth he made this division. He needs to go — there’s no place for racism in society in America.”

Trump’s comments — particularly a 2005 recording of him making lewd comments about women — sparked outrage during his campaign. That spilled over into demonstrations following an election that ended with half of US voters choosing the other candidate, Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Demonstrators in Indianapolis on Saturday threw rocks at police, slightly injuring two officers, said Police Chief Troy Riggs. Some protesters began chanting threats including “Kill the Police,” and officers moved in to arrest seven demonstrators.

Police briefly fired pepper balls into the crowd during the confrontation.

“We believe that we have some instigators that arrived in our city,” trying to start a riot, Riggs said.

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