Thousands protest Trump win around US

Protesters reach Trump Tower as they march against Republican president-elect Donald Trump in the neighborhood of Manhattan in New York, U.S., November 9, 2016. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Protesters reach Trump Tower on Wednesday as they march against Republican president-elect Donald Trump in New York. —Eduardo Munoz / Reuters

CHICAGO (AP) — The raw divisions exposed by the presidential race were on full display across America on Wednesday, as protesters flooded city streets to condemn Donald Trump’s election in demonstrations that police said were mostly peaceful.

From New England to heartland cities like Kansas City and along the West Coast, many thousands of demonstrators carried flags and anti-Trump signs, disrupting traffic and declaring that they refused to accept Trump’s triumph.

In Chicago, where thousands had recently poured into the streets to celebrate the Chicago Cubs’ first World Series victory in over a century, several thousand people marched through the Loop. They gathered outside Trump Tower, chanting ‘‘Not my president!’’

People take part in a protest against Trump in Chicago.
People take part in a protest against Trump in Chicago. —Paul Beaty / AFP / Getty Images
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Chicago resident Michael Burke said he believes the president-elect will ‘‘divide the country and stir up hatred.’’ He added there was a constitutional duty not to accept that outcome.

A similar protest in Manhattan drew about 1,000 people. Outside Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in midtown, police installed barricades to keep the demonstrators at bay.

Demonstrators burn the U.S. flag outside Trump Tower in New York.
Demonstrators burn the U.S. flag outside Trump Tower in New York. —Andrew Kelly / Reuters

Hundreds of protesters gathered near Philadelphia’s City Hall despite chilly, wet weather. Participants — who included both supporters of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who lost to Clinton in the primary — expressed anger at both Republicans and Democrats over the election’s outcome.

rotestors march against Trump in Philadelphia.
rotestors march against Trump in Philadelphia. —Mark Makela / Reuters

In Boston, thousands of anti-Trump protesters streamed through downtown, chanting ‘‘Trump’s a racist’’ and carrying signs that said ‘‘Impeach Trump’’ and ‘‘Abolish Electoral College.’’ Clinton appears to be on pace to win the popular vote, despite losing the electoral count that decides the presidential race.

The protesters gathered on Boston Common before marching toward the Massachusetts Statehouse, with beefed-up security including extra police officers.

Protesters gather to rally against Trump at the Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common. Photo/John Blanding, Boston Globe staff story/, Metro ( 15MollyBooth0rally
Protesters gather to rally against Trump at the Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common. —John Blanding / The Boston Globe

A protest that began at the Minnesota State Capitol Tuesday night with about 100 people swelled at is moved into downtown St. Paul, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. Protesters blocked downtown streets and traveled west on University Avenue where they shouted expletives about Trump in English and Spanish.

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There were other Midwest protest marches in Omaha, Nebraska, and Kansas City, Missouri.

In Des Moines, Iowa, hundreds of students walked out of area high schools at 10:30 a.m. to protest Trump’s victory, the Des Moines Register reported. The protests, which were coordinated on social media, lasted 15 to 45 minutes.

Marchers protesting Trump’s election chanted and carried signs in front of the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Media outlets broadcast video Wednesday night showing a peaceful crowd in front of the new downtown hotel. Many chanted ‘‘No racist USA, no Trump, no KKK.’’

Another group stood outside the White House. They held candles, listened to speeches and sang songs.

epa05624746 People attend a candlelight vigil after Hillary Clinton's loss to Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, on Pennsylvania Avenue outside the White House, in Washington, DC, USA, 09 November 2016. Hundreds of people gathered to attend the vigil. Americans voted on Election Day, 08 November, to choose the 45th President of the United States of America to serve from 2017 through 2020. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS
People attended a candlelight vigil on Pennsylvania Avenue outside the White House, in Washington, DC, on November 9, 2016. Hundreds of people gathered to attend the vigil. —Michael Reynolds / EPA

Dallas activists gathered by the dozens outside the city’s sports arena, the American Airlines Center.

In Oregon, dozens of people blocked traffic in downtown Portland, burned American flags and forced a delay for trains on two light-rail lines. Earlier, the protest in downtown drew several Trump supporters, who taunted the demonstrators with signs. A lone Trump supporter was chased across Pioneer Courthouse Square and hit in the back with a skateboard before others intervened.

Police block traffic for a rally against President-elect Donald Trump as people march down a street east of the University of Oregon campus in Eugene, Ore., Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. (Chris Pietsch/The Register-Guard via AP)
Police blocked traffic for a rally against President-elect Donald Trump as people marched down a street east of the University of Oregon campus in Eugene, Ore., Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. —Chris Pietsch / The Register-Guard via AP

Several thousand chanting, sign-waving people gathered in Frank Ogawa Plaza in Oakland, California. A night earlier, in the hours after Trump won the election, Oakland demonstrators broke windows and did other damage.

In San Francisco, hundreds are marching along Market Avenue, one of the city’s main avenues, to join a vigil in the Castro District, a predominantly gay neighborhood.

In Los Angeles, protesters on the steps of City Hall burned a giant papier mache Trump head in protest, later, in the streets they whacked a Trump piñata.

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Hundreds massed in downtown Seattle streets.

Many held anti-Trump and Black Lives Matter signs and chanted slogans, including ‘‘Misogyny has to go,’’ and ‘‘The people united, will never be defeated.’’

*** BESTPIX *** SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 09: Emma Esselstyn (C), a student at the University of Washington joins thousands of protesters march down 2nd Avenue on November 9, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. Demostrations in multiple cities around the country were held the day following Donald Trump's upset win in last night's U.S. presidential election. (Photo by Karen Ducey/Getty Images)
Emma Esselstyn, a student at the University of Washington, joined thousands of protesters march down 2nd Avenue on November 9, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. —Karen Ducey / Getty Images

Five people were shot and injured in an area near the protest, but police said the shootings and the demonstration were unrelated.

Back in New York, several groups of protesters caused massive gridlock as police mobilized to contain them under a light rain.

They held signs that read ‘‘Trump Makes America Hate’’ and chanted ‘‘hey, hey, ho, ho Donald Trump has got to go.’’ and ‘‘Impeach Trump.’’

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