Anti-Trump protests continue in cities across United States

Protesters speaking out against Donald Trump gather in Union Square in New York Wednesday night.
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(NBC NEWS) - Anti-Trump protests continued across the country on Thursday.

In Phoenix, hundreds of protesters walked through the streets carrying signs and flags.

Chants continued against Donald Trump, the new president-elect who defeated Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in Tuesday's presidential election.

In San Francisco, more than 1,000 students walked out of high school classes on Thursday morning. They marched through the city's financial district carrying rainbow flags, Mexican flags, and signs decrying Trump.

They chanted "Trump get out the way" as they walked towards City Hall.

Outside City Hall -- which was lined with police officers -- students continued to demonstrate their frustrations of the newly elected president.

In New York City, more than 200 anti-trump protesters marched from union square to washington square.

Some carried signs and chanted for change, while others chanted "Trump and Pence make no sense."

Demonstrators continue to express concerns over the president-elect's proposed policies and the xenophobic fears and racial tensions that grew from his campaign.

Reports of election-related violence were being shared across social media Thursday.

In one incident in Chicago, video shows a man being attacked by several people, some of whom shout, "He voted Trump!"

CNN reports that 7,000 protesters gathered on Oakland streets Wednesday night, with dozens of trash fires being started.

Nazi-related graffiti was discovered Wednesday on a store window in South Philadelphia. Wednesday was the 78th anniversary of Kristallnacht, when Nazis attacked Jewish-owned businesses at the beginning of the Holocaust.

12 a.m.

Several hundred people flooded onto one of the busiest freeways in Los Angeles, causing a miles-long traffic backup in protest of the presidential election of Donald Trump.

The protesters, who had remained peaceful and not overly disruptive for most of the night, poured on to U.S. 101, which links downtown LA to Hollywood, and stayed there for most of an hour. Drivers sat and waited. Many got out of their cars.

The crowd was slowly starting to disperse as many of the demonstrators left the freeway and others were taken into police custody.

There was no violence between officers and protesters.

The demonstrators were among thousands who took to streets in protest of Trump across the country, from New York to Texas to much of the West Coast.

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Five people have been shot, two with life-threatening injuries, near an anti-Donald Trump protest in Seattle, one of several protests taking place in major cities around the globe Wednesday night.

Police say the shooting does not appear to be connected to the protest.


The Seattle protest is one of several taking place across the country for the second straight night.

In New York City, hundreds of protesters gathered in Union Square, with some chanting "Black Lives Matter," then later shouting "Not My President." The group gathered in a light rain to send a message against Trump.

They planned to march two miles to Trump Tower, where the president-elect wins.

Meanwhile in Chicago, demonstrators marched to the Trump International Hotel and Tower along the Chicago River. The event was billed as an "emergency protest."

A banner at the Chicago protest read "Unite to fight war, racism and inequality." That group also chanted messages against Trump.

In Nashville, Tennessee, dozens of students from Fisk College took to the streets to protest Trump's election. Many say they are tired of discrimination in the United States.

The group held signs, chanted and stopped to block streets on several occasions.

Protesters also gathered across the Atlantic, assembling outside the U.S. Embassy in London.

Several hundred demonstrators shouted "Donald Trump's not welcome here!," "Stop the Trump!" and other slogans. A group called "Stand Up to Racism" was behind the protest. The group's founder said he had no respect for the president-elect.

"We believe that Donald Trump isn't fit to become president. We respect that he's been elected but we respect nothing about the man. We don't respect his racism, his misogyny and actually, in terms, a man that doesn't pay his taxes while demanding that poor people pay theirs," said Weyman Bennett.

A smaller group of Trump supporters were at the embassy, some voicing anti-immigrant views.

"Refugees are not welcome," said one supporter. "Because they come here, they rape our children, they're going to rape the next generation."

Police had to restrain one far-right demonstrator after he was struck by a beer can.

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9: 15 p.m.

Police in Oakland, California blocked thousands of people protesting Donald Trump's election from getting onto a highway Wednesday night.

The crowd chanting and waving signs gathered in Frank Ogawa Plaza in downtown Oakland in the afternoon. Officials said the crowd had swelled to 6,000 people by evening.

By late Wednesday, two groups that set small fires on streets remained in the area.

Officers in riot gear stood guard and blocked them from marching onto nearby Interstate 90.

Television images showed some in the crowd dragging plywood and trash cans to feed one fire.

In San Francisco, hundreds marched along Market Avenue, one of the city's main avenues, to join a vigil in the Castro District, a predominantly gay neighborhood.

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8: 00p.m.

Thousands of protesters marched through Chicago's Loop and gathered outside Chicago's Trump Tower to express their disapproval of the election of Donald Trump as the 45th president.

"No Trump" and "Not my president!" were among chants shouted by the crowd late Wednesday.

Authorities say police have been stationed outside the hotel and condominium tower since it was apparent the Republican Trump had defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in their presidential contest.

Chicago resident Michael Burke said he believes the president-elect will "divide the country and stir up hatred." He added there was a constitutional duty not to accept that.

About a half-dozen Trump supporters were also in front of Trump Tower, with Anthony Moreira asserting Trump "isn't a bigot."

Similar numbers marched in New York and in Oakland, California, and hundreds also took to the streets in Seattle and Los Angeles.

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7 p.m.

Thousands of protesters marched in Manhattan and converged outside Trump Tower to denounce the election of Donald Trump to the presidency.

One group began at Union Square Wednesday night, while another started at Columbus Circle. Splinter groups of protesters then streamed into the streets causing massive gridlock as police mobilized to contain them under a light rain.

The protesters chanted "Not my president" and "hey, hey, ho, ho Donald Trump has got to go." They held signs that read "Trump Makes America Hate" and "Impeach Trump."

Some of the protesters cursed out key battleground states that Trump had won to secure victory.

Outside Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in midtown police installed barricades to keep the demonstrators at bay.

Police say the protests have been mostly peaceful.

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10:30 a.m.

More than 1,000 California high school students have walked out of classes in Berkeley to protest the election of Donald Trump.

Berkeley Unified School District spokesman Charles Burress says about half of the school's 3,000 students left at the start of the first period on Wednesday and gathered in the school's courtyard.

Students held anti-Trump signs.

Burress says classes were still going on for students who wanted to attend.

He says the district would prefer for students to stay in classes, but school officials understood that extraordinary circumstances prompted the student protest.

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7 a.m.

Oakland police say they issued one citation but did not make any arrests during a protest following Donald Trump's presidential victory that damaged several businesses in the downtown area.

Officer Marco Marquez says protesters damaged five businesses, breaking windows and spraying graffiti. Police say the protest began around 11:45 p.m. Tuesday before growing to roughly 250 people.

Protesters also set garbage bins on fire. Marquez says police issued a citation for a vehicle code violation.

He says police are increasing staffing in preparation for the possibility of another protest on Wednesday night.

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3 a.m.

Hundreds of students have protested on California campuses following Donald Trump's presidential victory.

Police says at least 500 people swarmed on streets in and around UCLA early Wednesday morning, some shouting anti-Trump expletives.

There were no immediate arrests.

Smaller demonstrators were held at University of California campuses and neighborhoods in Berkeley, Irvine and Davis and at San Jose State.

In Oakland, more than 100 protesters took to downtown streets. KNTV-TV reported that protesters burned Trump in effigy, smashed windows of the Oakland Tribune newsroom and set tires and trash on fire.

The California Highway Patrol says a woman was struck by a car during the protest and severely injured.