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Demonstrations broke out across the country yesterday evening as hundreds of thousands gathered to protest the election of Donald Trump for president. NYC itself was largely activated by two groups, Socialist Alternative and Answer Coalition, who used social media to call upon New Yorkers to gather at Union Square and Columbus Circle, near Trump International Tower. Thousands of participants held signs emblazoned with a swath of issues now under threat, from LGBT to Black Lives Matter to the environment. Chants like “Not my president!” “Trump Makes America Hate” and “Don’t Lose Hope” rang through the streets as protestors marched through Midtown to convene at Trump Tower. Among the crowds, however, were also Trump supporters who showed up to celebrate the victory.
— Finn Smith (@finnismundi) November 9, 2016
Notably, the afternoon before demonstrations started, the NYPD and Secret Service erected a concrete barricade around Trump Tower—the home of the president elect and his political headquarters. A NYPD spokesperson told Gothamist, “They stop vehicles from ramming into the location and blowing it up with explosives.”
The protests were largely peaceful, although at least 65 were arrested according to police reports.
As DNA Info’s election results map reveals, the vast majority of New York was not for Trump.
— Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) November 10, 2016
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