Thursday, November 10, 2016

The morning after Election Day smacked Democrats with a combination of shock and sadness.

Donald Trump would be the next US President. For thousands, disappointment turned to protest as Hillary Clinton supporters channeled their disbelief into a single defiant message.

"Not my President," they chanted. "Not today."

In response to Trump's victory, a shocking win fueled by the rural roar of a dismayed white America, tens of thousands in at least 25 US cities -- including New York and Nashville, Chicago and Cleveland, San Francisco and Seattle -- shouted anti-Trump slogans, started fires, and held candlelight vigils to mourn the result.

Many of those demonstrations continued early Thursday morning and led to dozens of arrests.

"People are furious, not just at the results of the election, but the rhetoric of Donald Trump," Ahmed Kanna, an organizer for Social Alternative Berkeley, told CNN's Don Lemon.
And the protests weren't exactly peaceful.
In Oakland, California, police said as many as 7,000 demonstrators took to the streets Wednesday night. By then, trash fires burned on a highway. Johnna Watson, public information officer with Oakland's police department, said three officers were injured.

Thirty people were taken into custody and at least 11 citations were issued for vandalism, assaulting officers, unlawful assembly, failure to disperse and possession of a firearm. Police said some protesters threw Molotov cocktails, rocks, and fireworks at police officers.
From what I saw, I just missed getting caught up in the Chicago protest as it passed in front of the Sears Tower. The Chicago Tribune had coverage:
As many as 2,000 demonstrators protested near Trump Tower and marched through downtown, according to Chicago police estimates.

In two separate instances, smaller groups of protesters got on to Lake Shore Drive and blocked traffic.

Chants of "Not my president" and "No Trump, no KKK, no fascists USA" echoed off the downtown buildings, and some drivers honked their horns and leaned out their windows to raise fists of support.

Five people were arrested over the course of the protest. Two men were in custody for obstructing traffic, one for reckless conduct, and another for criminal trespass to land. In addition, a juvenile male was arrested and faces charges of criminal trespass and resisting arrest.
This is going to be a long four years.

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