Protests were held in several cities Friday for a third night since Donald Trump was elected president, with marchers blocking major roadway in the Miami area and hundreds gathering in Atlanta, Boston, New York and other cities.
About 100 people were marching in downtown Oakland around Frank H. Ogawa Plaza shortly before 10:00, carrying signs with such slogans as “Love is the law” and “Undocumented and unafraid.” The rally had begun several hours earlier, with the group walking up and down Broadway and along surrounding streets most of the night.
No violence had been reported, unlike the prior two nights when small bands of demonstrators lit street fires, vandalized businesses and clashed with police. More than 30 arrests were made Wednesdaywhen three police officers were injured in skirmishes and a student journalist was hospitalized after being attacked by masked men.
Friday’s events were being monitored closely by hundreds of police in riot gear. The Oakland Police Department tweeted on Friday: “Expect a heavy police presence near on and off ramps in Oakland again tonight as we monitor ongoing protests.”
In San Francisco, similar numbers gathered at the Ferry Building around 7:00 and walked, with an escort of police cars, up Market Street into the Castro neighborhood and then to the Mission district. The march appeared to fizzle shortly before 10:00.
Many in the Bay Area and across the nation are angry over Tuesday’s unexpected election of the billionaire Republican and reality TV star. Trump made several divisive campaign promises that many perceived as racist and xenophobic.
Demonstrations have taken place in more than two dozen U.S. cities.
“Trump is really going to start a civil war,” said Oakland resident Tyler Holston, 18, pointing to the group of protesters she was marching with on Broadway in her home city. “This is just the beginning.”
Holston said she had plans to join the Air Force but was reconsidering because she didn’t trust Trump as commander in chief.
“I don’t know if I can serve my country with that man in office,” she said.