Trump election ignites protests across New England

Students and activists in several states are making their voices heard.

People protest on the University of Connecticut campus against the election of Republican Donald Trump as President Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb)
People protest on the University of Connecticut campus against the election of Republican Donald Trump as President. –Pat Eaton-Robb/AP Photo

More than 4,500 people have RSVPed on Facebook to a “Boston Against Donald Trump” rally on the Boston Common Wednesday evening. It’s scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., but more than a few people couldn’t wait for the scheduled start time, expressing their opposition to Trump’s unexpected election victory over Hillary Clinton by protesting both on the Common and outside the State House early Wednesday afternoon.

Elsewhere in New England, hundreds of protesters chanted, “Up, up for liberation, down, down for deportation!” and, “Black lives matter!” during a demonstration at the University of Connecticut.

At the Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, Connecticut, the all-female student body held a sit-in Wednesday morning, with one student telling NBC Connecticut in a statement released by the school that, “for many, the results of this election threaten safety, peace, and survival.”

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And in Providence, Rhode Island, progressive activists  have organized a protest for 7 p.m. at the State House, writing in a Facebook event that they want to “show solidarity for all oppressed people.”

“Donald Trump may have narrowly won the presidency,” the organizers wrote. “But do not let him be unopposed.”

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