Thousands join US anti-Trump protests

CHICAGO - Thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets of several US cities to protest against the election of Donald Trump.

Many shouted the slogan "Not my president". Others burned orange-haired effigies of the businessman.

Mr Trump will become the 45th US president after securing a surprise victory over Hillary Clinton.

He is due to meet current White House incumbent Barack Obama for talks aimed at ensuring a smooth transition.

Mr Obama - who had branded Mr Trump "unfit" for office and campaigned against him - urged all Americans to accept the result of Tuesday's election.

"We are now all rooting for his success in uniting and leading the country," he said.

Defeated Mrs Clinton also told supporters Mr Trump had to be given a "chance to lead".

Despite their calls, protesters gathered in several cities across the country.

In New York, thousands marched on Trump Tower, voicing their opposition to Mr Trump's policies on immigration, gay rights and reproductive rights. Fifteen people were arrested, the New York Times reported..

Police earlier erected concrete barriers and other security measures outside the 5th Avenue skyscraper, which is likely to be Mr Trump's headquarters during the transition to power.

In Los Angeles, a mass anti-Trump rally shut down a key freeway near the city, according to local media.

In Chicago, crowds blocked the entrance to Trump Tower, chanting: "No Trump, No KKK, No Fascists USA" and "Not my president!"

American flags were burned at some protests and in Portland, Oregon, demonstrators temporarily closed an interstate highway. Demonstrations also took place in Philadelphia, Boston, Seattle and San Francisco, among other cities.

Comments (2)

But that's democracy! Majority rule.

Jambanja paSalisbury - 10 November 2016

If Trump won, then its fair to let him lead. Its his chance, why blocking him anyway? Why creating unnecessary anarchy ? He beat the favorite Clinton and therefore he is the chosen one. He did not impose himself mind you. Dont behave like uneducated fools you American Idiotic protesters

Dzimbabwe - 11 November 2016

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