A day after Republican Donald Trump won the US presidential polls, thousands of people took to the streets in the US to protest against Trump becoming President.
The protesters slammed Trump for his bigotry and racism and demonstrated against his electoral pronouncements on immigration and Muslims.
People from all ages, faiths and nationalities assembled at landmark locations in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, California, Colorado, Seattle and other cities to voice their unhappiness.
On Wednesday, Trump clinched a stunning victory over Democratic Hillary Clinton. Trump crossed the 270 mark with ease, reaching 290 against Hillary’s 228.
The protesters were seen walking on roads and highways between moving traffic, holding a multitude of placards and expressing their resentment for Trump through slogans such as ‘No more Hate’ and ‘Trump is not our President’.
In New York, protesters walked about 40 streets from 14th Street to Fifth Avenue, where Trump’s campaign headquarters, The Trump Towers is located. Streets surrounding the towers were completely shut off due to the protests.
“You have bases your entire electoral race on bringing down people, you cannot suddenly change that,” she a young Latino protester Kelly Lopez.
“How does he take back everything he said in his campaign and the debates,” said another protester John Jacob.
Jacob also added that he did not trust Trump when he said he will “bind the wounds of division” in his victory speech.
A young African American student Elaz Iben said Trump will be president of the country for the next four years and “while I will respect the institution of the presidency, I will also respect my right to protest.”
The protests in the city as well as across other parts of the country were organised by a group called Socialist Alternative.
“The victory of Donald Trump is being met with shock, fear, and anger. Especially for immigrants, Muslims, people of color, women, and other oppressed people who Trump has singled out for attack, the question of how to defend themselves against the coming attacks is sharply posed,” the group said.
It urged people to come together and demonstrate their “mass opposition” to Trump.
“Build a wall around Trump’s bigoted agenda,” the group said on its Facebook page.
The group said the protests must be the beginning of “coordinated nationwide mobilisations to organise millions into a massive grassroots movement.”
(With inputs from agencies)