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, the AP reports. In Chicago, several thousand people marched through the Loop and gathered outside Trump Tower, chanting "Not my president!"
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. Around the country:
- Hundreds of protesters gathered near Philadelphia's City Hall despite chilly, wet weather. Participants expressed anger at both Republicans and Democrats over the election's outcome.
- A protest that began at the Minnesota State Capitol Wednesday night with about 100 people swelled to around 300 as it moved into downtown St. Paul, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Protesters blocked downtown streets and traveled west on University Avenue where they shouted expletives about Trump in English and Spanish. There were other Midwest protest marches in Omaha, Neb., and Kansas City, Mo.
- In Des Moines, Iowa, hundreds of students walked out of area high schools at 10:30am to protest Trump's victory, the Des Moines Register reports. Students also walked out in cities including Portland, Phoenix, and Boulder.
- In Oregon, dozens of people blocked traffic in downtown Portland, burned American flags, and forced a delay for trains on two light-rail lines.
- Several thousand chanting, sign-waving people gathered in Frank Ogawa Plaza in Oakland, Calif. A night earlier, in the hours after Trump won the election, Oakland demonstrators broke windows and did other damage.
- 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.
- 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." Five people were shot and injured in an area near the protest, but police said the shootings and the demonstration were unrelated.
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