Anti-Trump protests spread across nation

Thousands took to the streets of US cities again late Friday and early Saturday to protest Donald Trump’s election, with highways blocked, some arrests made and a man shot at a march in Portland, Oregon.

Protests have been underway for four nights since Trump’s unexpected victory in the divisive presidential election, and more demonstrations are expected throughout the weekend.

Angry crowds gathered once again outside the 58-story Trump Tower, the President-elect’s home in New York.

“Words can’t describe how disgusted I am that he was elected over Hillary (Clinton),” Shoshi “Rabin” Rabinowitz said, explaining her motivation for being there.

Fellow protester Nick Truesdale said, “I think he needs to really address all the divisive, hateful things he’s said in the past and recant them, denounce them.”

Reacting to the demonstrations, Trump tweeted Thursday night, “Just had a very open and successful presidential election. Now professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair!”

The President-elect appeared more conciliatory Friday morning, saying: “Love the fact that the small groups of protesters last night have passion for our great country. We will all come together and be proud!”

Protests across US

Among the cities that were scenes of Friday protests were Los Angeles; New Haven, Connecticut; Orlando; Chicago; Boston; Asheville, North Carolina; Nashville; and Columbus, Ohio, and there were marches at schools in Denver and Omaha, Nebraska.

Groups across the country are angry about policies Trump has promised to enforce concerning immigration, the environment, LGBT rights and other issues.

The Facebook page for a protest planned in Burlington, Vermont, said: “Come protest the xenophobia, racism, homophobia, misogyny, and climate science denial of the Trump/Pence regime!! Come show your support for our Muslim, queer, immigrant, and female family!!”

The protests were mostly peaceful, but some were marred by violence.

In Portland Oregon, a man was injured in a shooting early Saturday on the Morrison Bridge during a protest march.

The suspect was believed to be in a vehicle on the bridge when a confrontation unfolded with a member of the crowd, Portland police said in a statement. The suspect got out of the vehicle and fired multiple shots before fleeing.

The victim’s injuries were not life-threatening, and he was treated at a hospital.

Protesters also blocked the street outside Portland City Hall on Friday. Police tried to disperse the demonstrators, but tensions remained high.

“Burning projectiles being thrown at officers,” police posted on its Twitter page Friday night.

City officials earlier had appealed for calm after a Thursday night protest by about 4,000 people turned violent. Windows on businesses were broken, and a car dealership was vandalized. Twenty-six people were arrested, police said.

“We had some anarchists who hijacked that event and did terrible damage to our neighbors and friends,” Mayor Charlie Hales said at a news conference. “They spread violence and fear and detracted from the legitimate exercise of those First Amendment rights.”

In Boston, hundreds gathered on Boston Common for a “Love Rally in the Common.” Organizers said on Facebook: “Let’s unite together to peacefully show all of those whom Donald Trump or his supporters have put down that we still care about them, and to give them an opportunity to have their voices be heard.”

Some arrests were made in Los Angeles — but the police department was not able to provide immediate details on the number arrested.

In Chicago, police told CNN they are investigating an incident this week in which a group of people reportedly beat a man while yelling that he voted for Trump.

Cell phone video captured the man in a minor traffic accident Wednesday on Chicago’s West Side.

The 49-year-old driver, David Wilcox, told CNN affiliate WGN-TV that a car scraped the side of his vehicle as he was about to make a left turn at a busy intersection.

“I heard a lady yell something about ‘that guy is one of those Trump supporters,’ ” Wilcox told the station. “I turned and said to her, ‘That has nothing to do with this.’ ”

The situation then apparently escalated as bystanders yelled anti-Trump taunts at Wilcox. The video shows Wilcox being knocked to the pavement, repeatedly being punched and kicked as a handful of people gather around him.

Interstates blocked

In Miami, hundreds walked down Biscayne Boulevard chanting, “Love Trumps Hate,” and carrying signs with messages such as “How many judges will it take to ruin America?” video from CNN affiliate WSVN-TV showed.

Some protesters walked onto Interstate 95 and surrounded cars, bringing four lanes of traffic to a standstill, according to the WSVN footage.

In Iowa City, Iowa, about 75 protesters shut down I-80 briefly, police Sgt. Chris Akers said. Nobody was arrested, he said.

In Dallas, protesters dragged and kicked a Trump piñata through the streets. A store window was reportedly smashed.

American flag burned

In Atlanta, about 500 people marched downtown, said Atlanta police spokesman Lukasz Sajdak. They tried to walk onto a highway, but law enforcement officers turned them back. No arrests were made.

An American flag was burned near Georgia’s state Capitol, something that didn’t please protesters Sanjay and Akshita Mendonca, who say they voted for Clinton.

“The current situation is not good for us and our children,” said Sanjay Mendonca, 40. “I’m here for my kids because I don’t want them to think we didn’t do something. … A lot of people feel hopeless right now.”

When asked why he was protesting, 20-year-old Alex Hariri said, “Trump does not support anyone in the community I know. I’m a gay Middle Eastern man. He’s against everything I am.”

US vs Mexico soccer game

With an end to the presidential campaign noted for Trump’s heated rhetoric on undocumented Mexican immigrants, crowds gathered to build bonds during the US-Mexico 2018 World Cup qualifier game Friday in Columbus, Ohio.

US soccer fans put politics aside as they greeted Mexican fans with high-fives.

“The atmosphere is absolutely amazing,” Christian Couch said. “It’s a sport that we all love, and that’s why we are here. I don’t think politics should play a part in this game.”

Mexico beat the US 2-1.

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