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People Are Protesting Donald Trump’s Win Across the Nation

Following confirmation that Donald Trump had won the presidential election, people across America flocked to the streets to protest his win. While protests initially appeared near urban colleges on the West Coast as Election Night’s result became clear, disputes began in Arizona, Colorado, New York, and Washington, D.C., BuzzFeed News reports. Going as far as closing down roadways and, in Oakland, setting trash cans on fire, the protesters vocalized opposition to a Trump presidency.

While the San Francisco Chronicle claims that a woman was injured after being struck by an SUV on the city’s Highway 20, police have not verified the reports. “They’re spread out and moving around in different locations,” Officer John O’Reilly told BuzzFeed. “We’re trying to make sure they don’t do anything against the law.”

In Oakland, police were present in riot gear, watching the crowd go from 3000 people to about 6000 in just an hour. The protests led to property damange and at least one injury. An officer was also injured on Wednesday night.

Officers in Los Angeles arrested at least 13 people, according to the Los Angeles Times. The LA protesters blocked the 101 freeway and became less controllable once LAPD officers and the California Highway Patrol joined the fray. 

Californian colleges were huge sites of protest activity, with a Trump piñata even being burned at UCLA. As the night wore on, Pennsylvania’s Temple University and the University of Massachusetts also had protests on campus, the New York Times reports. Wednesday afternoon also saw several high school students in California, Arizona, Iowa, Washington and Colorado staging walkouts to protest Trump. 

Protesters even reached the White House on Tuesday night, chanting, “F*** Donald Trump” as election results were released. Latino activists representing the group United We Dream were also there, shouting, “Racism! Shut it down!”

Starting out at Union Square and Columbus Circle, New York protesters headed to Trump Tower, chanting, “Not our president” and “New York hates Trump.” 

“We’re living in a country that’s supposed to be united, a melting pot,” 25-year-old Bianca Rivera told the Times. “It’s exposed all these underground racists and sexists.”

Protests are expected to continue beyond this week, likely to be organized under the hashtag #NotMyPresident. Equally demonstrative protests can also be seen on Twitter, where users are changing profile photos to all black to protest the election results. 

Kristen Perrone is a Siena College Class of 2018 alumna. She studied English during her time at Siena.