Nationwide anti-Donald Trump protests marked by arrests, vandalism (VIDEO)
Thousands across the US in major cities are protesting the election of Donald Trump. Hundreds in Union Square in Manhattan, New York are showing their opposition, with women chanting, “P***y grabs back!” There were also reports of flag burnings, vandalism and arrests.
Protests are taking place coast to coast, with demonstrations reported in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle, DC, Austin, Boston and Chicago. The large crowds have mostly remained peaceful.
NEW YORK CITY
The New York City demonstrators, who appear to generally be younger voters of all races, made their way to Trump Tower. Along the way, "Not my president" and "F*** Trump" chants were heard, as were calls against excessive use of force by police, as people shouted, “from Ferguson to NYC, end police brutality.”
At 14th and Broadway in New York City, a video was projected onto a wall, showing Trump with the words "narcissist," "conman" and "1%er."
The issue of abortion was also raised, with women calling out, "my body, my choice!" and men responding, "her body, her choice!"
A flag burning was witnessed in front of Trump Tower in New York City.
Fire of some sort in front of Trump Tower now. pic.twitter.com/Io2B34RhS9— Patrick deHahn (@patrickdehahn) November 10, 2016
The New York City Police Department (NYPD) has started using Long Range Acoustic Devices (LRAD) to force the protesters to disperse. Protesters are in the process of trying to walk up to Trump Tower on 5th Avenue and 57th Street from 14th Street Union Square.
The protests have shut down Manhattan’s 5th Avenue while the protesters make their way uptown towards Trump Tower.
Donal trump protests in New York City pic.twitter.com/zBfjWTfRsS— Joel Lopez (@ovo_oxymoron) November 10, 2016
A sea of New Yorkers against Trump. pic.twitter.com/Ka4rRuiiZT— John Haltiwanger (@jchaltiwanger) November 10, 2016
Protesters in New York City revived an old favorite attack on Trump's hands which emerged during his road to the presidency. They joined in chants of “can’t build a wall, hands too small!”
Update; 16 arrests made so far at the anti-Trump protest in Manhattan. pic.twitter.com/oUkQQWt5Qx— New York City Alerts (@NYCityAlerts) November 10, 2016
A scuffle during the NYC protests was quashed when protesters removed the agitator while others chanted, “peaceful protest!”
The agitator allegedly threw glass bottles at police officers when he was grabbed by peaceful protesters and brought to the police. NYPD allegedly responded with "high force," according to one protester who claimed that police then pushed a security gate into the protesters, forcing them into each other.
While the NYPD has not released a number, there are reports on social media of as many as 16 arrests.
According to protesters at the scene, streets have been blocked off by police, forcing latecomers to walk about half a mile (0.8 km) from the nearest subway station.
RT's Alexander Rubinstein caught video of a march in Washington, DC. At the Trump International Hotel in DC, protesters splattered the outside walls with blue paint.
There was also another flag burning in DC.
At City Hall in downtown Los Angeles, protesters lit an effigy of Trump on fire.
In Oakland, California, Jenna Lyons of the San Francisco Chronicle reported tear gas being fired into the protest.
Here in Oakland there was just loud bangs and smoke. It's tear gas. Eyes watering. Nostrils burning. pic.twitter.com/0iezyeENEq— Jenna Lyons (@JennaJourno) November 10, 2016
Lyons also reported a "stick of fire" being thrown at police, as well as a suitcase and cardboard being set on fire.
Protester just threw this stick of fire at police pic.twitter.com/tDBAXDYtIb— Jenna Lyons (@JennaJourno) November 10, 2016
Folks trying to extinguish fire off Washington and 8th. That suitcase is gone. pic.twitter.com/m9TMSRlNC3— Jenna Lyons (@JennaJourno) November 10, 2016
Blake McCoy of NBC News reported that protesters in Chicago got on top of a public bus while Chicago Transit Authority employees were still inside. The bus had a flat tire, and eventually police cleared the area.
Protesters now off top of Chicago bus. Two CTA employees inside. Flat tire. Police now keeping people away. pic.twitter.com/d92YhmxqTo— Blake McCoy (@BlakeNBC) November 10, 2016
Other buses and bus stops in the area were spray-painted to read "F*** Trump."