Violent protests against Donald Trump’s election erupted in cities across America last night, leading to at least 100 arrests.
News reports indicate the worst riots were in Portland, Oregon and Oakland, California, but protesters online also posted a flood of death threats against the Republican candidate. Others vandalized buildings, broke windows and sprayed graffiti messages with more death threats and profanity. Some people carried effigies of Trump with a bloody head or on a noose.
Protesters set fires in the street, burning American flags and other objects, attacked police and shut down highways during the mass riots. Police said they arrested at least 100 people at anti-Trump rallies, according to the Washington Post. Photos showed a number of protesters carrying signs encouraging more protests during Trump’s inauguration in January.
The Daily Mail reports more:
The streets of downtown Oakland in California were choked with smoke Thursday as police launched tear gas and protesters lit fires, in what became by some distance the most violent of the many protests against the election of Donald Trump.
More than 6,000 protesters were seen on the streets of Oakland with an initially peaceful march down a cop-lined street turning nasty after some protesters threw bottles at officers and torched a police car. An office block was also attacked, daubed with ‘f*** Trump’ and ‘kill Trump’ graffiti and then set alight.
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And thousands more filled streets in Los Angeles before taking over the 110 Freeway while other protesters gathered outside City Hall, lighting fires and waving Trump heads on sticks. There were 14 arrests.
In New York, home of the President-elect, at least 30 people were arrested when cops cracked down on twin demonstrations in Columbus Circle and at Trump Tower.
A few celebrities, including Cher and Madonna, joined New Yorkers at a protest on Wednesday night outside of Trump Tower, according to the report. Some of the protesters burned an American flag in the street near Trump’s NYC building. Protesters also burned flags in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and other cities.
“There’s a man who’s the human embodiment of hate who’s going to become our next president, so the best thing we can do is try to connect with people who are representing love and connection,” NYC teacher Julia Dunn told NBC 4 New York.
Protests also occurred in Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Austin and other cities and college campuses across the U.S.