NEW YORK, U.S. - Even as a battle rages on amongst the denizens of the virtual world - many of whom continue to shower their love and support for the 45th President of the United States - Donald ...
• Protesters in different parts of the country continue to chant “Not my president”
• Tear gas and flash-bang grenades used on protestors in some parts of the U.S.
• Anti-Trump demonstrations turn violent in Portland, protestors gather in various cities to denounce Trump
NEW YORK, U.S. - Even as a battle rages on amongst the denizens of the virtual world - many of whom continue to shower their love and support for the 45th President of the United States - Donald Trump - the other side of the story is not a pretty picture.
Protests continued across the nation, for the fourth day in a row, after the imminent and controversy-ridden Presidential Election campaign ended with a shocking victory for Trump and an even more shocking defeat of Hillary Clinton, who was favoured in almost every national poll.
In what has become the most upsetting elections in the history of the United States, thousands marched on the streets from the east to the west coast to vent their anger over the election of Trump.
Ever since the election results were declared on Wednesday, people have been gathering on the streets of major cities in the U.S. to denounce Trump, holding signs and chanting slogans such as “Not my president” and “Love trumps hate.”
On Saturday night, over 2,000 people took to the streets marching from Union Square in Manhattan to the Trump Tower, where the President-elect, Donald Trump was holding a meeting with his transition team.
Mary Florin-McBride, 62, a retired banker from New York who held a sign reading, ‘No Fascism in America’ told reporters, “We’re horrified the country has elected an incredibly unqualified, misogynist, racist on a platform that was just totally hateful.”
Many of the protests were said to have been planned and organised on Facebook, and thousands, following the plans, gathered in Kentucky, Michigan, Las Vegas and Seattle.
Through the week, protesters took to the streets of Miami, Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York, San Francisco and Portland, Oregon, voicing anger at Trump’s inflammatory and often deeply controversial campaign rhetoric about immigrants, Muslims and women.
Earlier, in Miami, several thousand activists marched through the downtown, with a few hundred making their way onto a highway, halting traffic in both directions.
In New York too, demonstrators gathered in Washington Square Park and by the Trump Tower, where the Republican president-elect lives, on Fifth Avenue.
Between 500 and 600 people marched in Orlando on Friday in peaceful protests, while in Atlanta, hundreds of protesters took to the streets for four continuous nights in a row.
Organisers said several thousand people gathered on Boston Common to publicly object to the election of Trump and that the evening event was billed as a rally for love and peace rather than a protest.
On Saturday, many in cities including Los Angeles, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Las Vegas and New York burst into protest.
While most of these are peaceful, protests in Portland turned violent as demonstrators smashed windows, sprayed graffiti, damaged cars and threw rocks as they clashed with the police, who in turn used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd.
This resulted in the injury two officers, while many protestors were also arrested.
Moreover, a manhunt for a gunman in ongoing by Police officers in Oregon, after he reportedly opened fire at a protestor early Saturday morning in Portland.
Officials have said that the male victim had been hospitalised with minor injuries.
Portland Police said in a statement, "In the early morning hours of Saturday November 12, 2016, a man was injured in a shooting on the Morrison Bridge during a protest march. Preliminary information indicates that a suspect was in a vehicle on the bridge and there was a confrontation with someone in the protest. The suspect got out of the vehicle and fired multiple shots injuring the victim."
Meanwhile, Donald Trump, who had initially denounced the ongoing protests, did a u-turn on Friday and praised the demonstrators’ “passion for our great country.”
Trump took to Twitter and said, “We will all come together and be proud!”
Meanwhile, online, several group supporting Hillary Clinton came under attack by Trump supporters who are said to have ridiculed the nominee and her supporters for being sore losers.
Many recalled that Trump faced massive backlash for claiming that he wouldn’t accept the result of the elections and pointed out at the irony that the Clinton supporters were doing exactly the same.
Meanwhile, Clinton supporters have been circulating an online petition titled, ‘Electoral College: Make Hillary Clinton President on December 19’ that boast of currently having 3,864,004 supporters with 635,996 needed to reach 4,500,000.
The petition started by Elijah Berg with a single signature read, “On December 19, the Electors of the Electoral College will cast their ballots. If they all vote the way their states voted, Donald Trump will win. However, they can vote for Hillary Clinton if they choose. Even in states where that is not allowed, their vote would still be counted, they would simply pay a small fine - which we can be sure Clinton supporters will be glad to pay! We are calling on the Electors to ignore their states' votes and cast their ballots for Secretary Clinton. Why? Mr. Trump is unfit to serve. His scapegoating of so many Americans, and his impulsivity, bullying, lying, admitted history of sexual assault, and utter lack of experience make him a danger to the Republic. Secretary Clinton WON THE POPULAR VOTE and should be President. Hillary won the popular vote. The only reason Trump "won" is because of the Electoral College. But the Electoral College can actually give the White House to either candidate. So why not use this most undemocratic of our institutions to ensure a democratic result?”
A similar petition was also circulated online, titled, ‘Electoral College Members: Please Save Us From Donald Trump!’ and started by ‘Starchild.’ The petition has 5,088 supports and needs 2,412 more to reach 7,500.