Protests continue nationwide even as Trump blames "professional protesters incited by media"

WASHINGTON, U.S - Protests continued nationwide on Thursday following Donald Trump's shock victory in the U.S. presidential election. It clearly wasn't a result many people were ...


• Protests in New York, Oakland, Chicago and several other cities

• Trump's Muslim ban temporarily removed from website

• Muslim woman admits to fabricating story of hijab attack

WASHINGTON, U.S - Protests continued nationwide on Thursday following Donald Trump's shock victory in the U.S. presidential election. It clearly wasn't a result many people were expecting…or hoping for.

And despite the president-elect Donald Trump and President Barack Obama attempting to strike a conciliatory tone during their meeting at the White House, thousand took to the streets to express their dismay.

On the East Coast, protests took place in Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York, while on the West Coast demonstrators rallied in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, California, and Portland, Oregon.

The protests were for the most part peaceful and orderly, though there were scattered acts of civil disobedience.

In New York, a large group of demonstrators once again gathered outside Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue, chanting angry slogans and waving banners baring anti-Trump messages.

Protesters briefly shut down interstate highways in Minneapolis and Portland, Oregon.

The Portland, Oregon PD declared the city's anti-Trump protest a riot on Thursday night.

In Philadelphia, protesters near City Hall held signs bearing slogans like "Not Our President," ''Trans Against Trump" and "Make America Safe For All." 

Scattered arrests were made in California and Chicago. In Oakland, California, a march of 6,000 people descended into riots.

The busy 101 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles was shut down temporarily, resulting in a traffic backup that extended for miles.

Police erected special security barricades around two Trump marquee properties that have become focal points of the protests - the president-elect's newly opened Pennsylvania Avenue hotel in Washington and the high-rise Trump Tower where he lives in Manhattan.

In the nation's capital, about 100 protesters marched from the White House, where Trump had his first transition meeting with President Obama on Thursday, to the Trump International Hotel blocks away.

At least 200 people rallied there after dark, many of them chanting "No hate! No fear! Immigrants are welcome here!" and carrying signs with such slogans as "Impeach Trump" and "Not my president."

Neighbouring Canada too keenly felt the disappointment. 

Several hundred people congregated outside the still to be unveiled Trump Tower on West Georgia Street in downtown Vancouver.

Trump reacts

Reacting to news of the protests, the president-elect blamed "professional protesters" for the protests, tweeting,"Just had a very open and successful presidential election. Now professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair!"

Trump’s complaint on Thursday about the media echoes the rhetoric of his campaign, when he railed against the press as “disgusting” and “dishonest.”

A few minutes earlier, Trump was more positive about his trip to Washington, tweeting, “A fantastic day in D.C. Met with President Obama for first time. Really good meeting, great chemistry. Melania liked Mrs. O a lot!”

The anti-Trump protests also sparked a backlash among supporters of the president-elect, who called demonstrators "sore losers" who are throwing "temper tantrums" and "whining" because things didn't go their way.

"The reality is they are a bunch of spoiled crybabies," former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a prominent Trump supporter, said.

The reality, however, is far deeper. 

Many are genuinely concerned and fear what the future holds. 

Trump ran a polarising campaign, and many young people are disturbed that his polices will turn back the clock on their civil rights.

Muslim ban?

Donald Trump’s campaign staff temporarily redirected the webpage detailing his controversial proposal to temporarily ban Muslim immigration into the United States, one of the most divisive and controversial policy ideas of his campaign, but swiftly sought to restore it after reporter inquiries on Thursday.

Trump said in December that Muslim immigrants pose to the United States a security threat and called for "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the country until representatives can figure out what the hell is going on."

Later, he moderated his stance to say immigration should be suspended from any country "that has been compromised by terrorism."

His election has led to a general mood of fear among American-Muslims on what the future holds for them.

Trump's original statement was one of a number of controversial proposals – including a pledge to build a wall on the Mexican border and criticism of women who accused him of sexual harassment – that prompted the greatest backlash against his campaign, with accusations of xenophobia.

"Louisiana student ‘fabricated’ story of hijab attack"

A student at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette fabricated a story that she was attacked and had her hijab ripped off, police said on Thursday.

The attack was one of several reported in the wake of Donald Trump’s election victory.

The Muslim woman told police she was attacked with a metal object and robbed of her headscarf and wallet by two men wearing Donald Trump clothing just hours after Trump was elected president, but later admitted to the police that she made it up. 

The woman's motive was unclear.

The report of the attack garnered national attention and elicited outrage from the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana, which issued a firm rebuke of the attack, tying it to the anti-Muslim rhetoric of Trump’s campaign.

 

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