San Francisco students protest Trump win

Madeline Lopes, left, and Cassidy Irwin, both of Oakland, march with other protesters in downtown Oakland, Calif., early Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. President-elect Donald Trump’s victory set off multiple protests. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group via AP)
Madeline Lopes, left, and Cassidy Irwin, both of Oakland, march with other protesters in downtown Oakland, Calif., early Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. President-elect Donald Trump’s victory set off multiple protests. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group via AP)

High school students in San Francisco chanted “not my president” and waved rainbow and Mexican flags as they marched through the city’s downtown in protest of Republican Donald Trump’s presidential win.

The students were part of a group of thousands who staged a citywide walkout on Thursday.

Bystanders in the heavily Democratic city high-fived them from the sidelines.

Early Thursday morning, thousands took to the streets around the country since Tuesday’s election. Demonstrators have disrupted traffic, burned a giant papier-mache Trump head and declared that they refused to accept Trump’s victory.

Demonstrations have been held in New England, the Midwest and the West Coast.

Trump supporters have taken to social media to express their scorn of the protests, saying demonstrators are hypocrites for not accepting the democratic process because they don’t like the results.

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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