Protesters took to the street Wednesday evening across many U.S. towns to protest the election of president-elect Donald Trump over his campaign pledge.
There was uneasy calm in Washington, D.C. with police patrolling the streets and blaring sirens.
The protesters blasted Trump over the way he conducted his campaign. His statements about immigrants, Africans, Muslims and other minority groups, received condemnation.
They also blocked the streets and chanted “No more hate, ” and carried anti-Trump slogans: “Not my president”, “No Trump”, “No racist”, among others.
In New York, thousands of protesters filled the streets in Midtown Manhattan as they made their way to Trump Tower. Hundreds of others gathered at a Manhattan park.
In downtown Chicago, thousands more gathered outside the Trump International Hotel and Tower while chanting “No racist USA.”
Chicago police however closed roads in the area, restricting the demonstrators’ path.
Hundreds also gathered in Philadelphia and Boston on Wednesday evening. The organisers planned rallies in San Francisco, Los Angeles and California. In Houston, about 400 people marched through the streets,” the police said.
Some 1,500 California students and teachers rallied also on Wednesday in the courtyard of Berkeley High School. They marched toward the campus of the University of California, Berkeley.
Hundreds of high school and college students also reportedly walked out in protest in Seattle, Phoenix, Los Angeles and Oakland, Richmond and El Cerrito, California.
Latinos voice out their displeasure
A predominantly Latino group of about 300 high school students walked out of classes on Wednesday morning in Los Angeles. They marched to the steps of City Hall, where they held a brief but boisterous rally.
Chanting in Spanish: “The people united will never be defeated,” the group held signs with slogans such as “Not Supporting Racism, Not My President” and “Immigrants Make America Great.”
A few miles away, students at the University of California, Berkeley protested on campus.
Trump would be inaugurated on 20 January, 2017 as the 45th President of the United States, while Vice-President-elect Mike Pence would be inaugurated as the 48th vice president.