Hundreds gather for anti-Trump rally in Providence

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Hundreds of Rhode Islanders gathered on for a United Against Trump rally in front of the RI State House on Wednesday evening.

Eyewitness News Reporter Caroline Goggin was at the event and reported live twice through Facebook Live.

Crowds chanted likes such as “not my president” while marching.

“We need to figure out what we can do here in Rhode Island on a local city and state level in order to protect the rights of people who are really vulnerable right now,” said Tarsis Martin, a protester in Providence.

 

 

 

Similar Anti-Trump rallies are popping up around the country.

In Boston, thousands of anti-Donald Trump protesters are streaming through downtown Boston, chanting “Trump’s a racist” and carrying signs that say “Impeach Trump” and “Abolish Electoral College.”

The protesters gathered on Boston Common before marching toward the Massachusetts Statehouse, with beefed up security including extra police officers.

The protesters paused on the steps of the Statehouse before continuing on through the city streets toward Copley Square.

The protest was the largest of a series of anti-Trump actions in Boston on Wednesday and appeared boisterous but largely peaceful.

Protest organizer Elan Axelbank says the long term goal is to build a sustainable grassroots movement of the majority of people who don’t subscribe to what he called Trump’s racist ideas.

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In Seatle, hundreds of people have taken to downtown streets to protest the election of Republican Donald Trump to the White House.

The group, organized by Socialist Alternative Seattle, listened to speakers Wednesday afternoon before marching through the streets.

Many held anti-Trump and Black Lives Matter signs and chanted slogans, including “Misogyny has to go,” and “The people united, will never be defeated.”

They continued marching through Seattle streets during the evening commute.

A couple hundred students walked out of two Seattle high schools earlier Wednesday in protest.

At The Evergreen State College south of Seattle, scores of students walked out of classes Wednesday to gather with anti-Trump signs.

Similar protests were also taking place Wednesday evening in Portland, Oregon, Oakland, Chicago and New York City.

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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.”

For a time, protesters made their way to Lake Shore Drive to block traffic, before returning to Trump Tower.