Civil rights a major concern in second day of anti-Trump protests
The protests were for the most part peaceful and orderly, although there were scattered acts of civil disobedience
Demonstrators took to the streets across the United States for a second day on Thursday to protest against Donald Trump’s presidential election victory, voicing fears that the real estate mogul’s triumph would deal a blow to civil rights.
On the East Coast, protests took place in Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York, while on the West Coast demonstrators rallied in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Oakland in California, and Portland, Oregon. The protests were for the most part peaceful and orderly, although there were scattered acts of civil disobedience.
Protesters threw objects at police in Portland and damaged a car lot, the Portland Police Department said on Twitter. Some protesters in Portland sprayed graffiti on cars and buildings and smashed windows, media there reported. “Due to extensive criminal and dangerous behavior, protest is now considered a riot. Crowd has been advised,” the department said in a tweet.
Dozens in Minneapolis marched onto Interstate 94, blocking traffic in both directions for at least an hour as police stood by. A smaller band of demonstrators briefly halted traffic on a busy Los Angeles freeway before police cleared them off. Baltimore police reported about 600 people marched through the downtown Inner Harbor area, with some blocking roadways by sitting in the street. Two people were arrested, police said.
In Denver, a crowd estimated by media to number about 3,000 gathered on the grounds of the Colorado state capitol and marched through downtown in one of the largest of Thursday’s events. Hundreds demonstrated through Dallas. Thursday’s gatherings were generally smaller in scale and less intense than Wednesday’s, and teenagers and young adults again dominated the racially mixed crowds.
Police erected special security barricades around two Trump marquee properties that have become focal points of the protests - the president-elect’s newly opened Pennsylvania Avenue hotel in Washington and the high-rise Trump Tower where he lives in Manhattan. In the nation’s capital, about 100 protesters marched from the White House, where Trump had his first transition meeting with President Barack Obama on Thursday, to the Trump International Hotel several blocks away.
At least 200 people rallied there after dark, many of them chanting “No hate! No fear! Immigrants are welcome here!” and carrying signs with such slogans as “Impeach Trump” and “Not my president.” “I can’t support someone who supports so much bigotry and hatred. It’s heart-breaking,” said Joe Daniels, 25, of suburban Alexandria, Virginia.
‘Give Trump a chance’
Two Trump supporters stood off to the side carrying signs that read: “All We are Saying is Give Trump a Chance” - an apparent play on lyrics from the John Lennon song “Give Peace a Chance”. Trump’s critics have expressed concern that his often-inflammatory campaign rhetoric about immigrants, Muslims, women and others - combined with support he has drawn from the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacists - could spark a wave of intolerance against minorities.
Anti-Trump rallies were held in more than a dozen major US cities on Wednesday, with thousands turning out at the biggest gatherings in New York, Seattle, Los Angeles and Oakland, California. Unruly protesters smashed windows, set fires and clashed with riot police in Oakland.
His campaign rejected a Klan newspaper endorsement earlier this month, saying Trump “denounces hate in any form.” 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.
Republican National Committee spokesman Sean Spicer urged the protesters to give Trump a chance once he is sworn in to office in January. “I hope that people get it out of their systems ... 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 high school students walked out of classes 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. More anti-Trump demonstrations were planned for the weekend.