Students lead new wave of anti-Trump protests
Students from numerous Los Angeles area high schools come together in Mariachi Plaza before continuing their march to City Hall to protest the upset election of Republican Donald Trump over Democrat Hillary Clinton on Nov. 14, 2016.
High school students led the charge Monday as protests against President-elect Donald Trump rolled into a sixth day.
Hundreds of teens, many not even old enough to vote, exited classrooms on both coasts, carting signs and chanting slogans against a man they say poses a threat to their future. The students are part of a protest movement that has seen tens of thousands taking to the streets in U.S. cities large and small after Tuesday's election. Monday's protests happened in Los Angeles, Portland, Ore., and Silver Spring, Md., among others.
While most protesters acknowledge they can't change the fact that Trump beat Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the electoral vote count, they say they want to make a statement that the Republican's barbed campaign comments against women, Muslims, immigrants and beyond aren't acceptable and Trump's policies have not earned a national mandate. Clinton still leads Trump 48% to 47% in the popular vote.
In Los Angeles, students converged Monday on Mariachi Plaza, a gathering spot for the city's iconic musicians, and marched to City Hall. The walkout was part of a planned demonstration in the Los Angeles Area School District, KTLA reported.
“Although it has been nearly a week since the presidential election, many students remain concerned about the outcome and want their voices to be heard,” Superintendent Michelle King said in a statement released by the district Monday morning, KTLA said. “These are important conversations that need to take place. We want our students to know they are not alone.”
Students from several high schools rally after walking out of classes to protest the election of Donald Trump as president in downtown Los Angeles on Nov. 14, 2016.
In Silver Spring, Md., a northern suburb of the nation's capital, youths from five high schools walked out en masse Monday morning for a student-led march. About 500 students, some chanting "we reject the president-elect," blocked traffic on a busy downtown boulevard on their journey to Veteran's Plaza. School officials said no teachers were involved in organizing the protest.
“We want the children to realize what their political power is and how to utilize their voices,” said pastor Jeffrey Thames, who joined the protest at one point. Other passersby offered words of encouragement.
In Portland, Ore., hundreds of students from at least three schools also staged a walkout and march to City Hall. The protesters caused some disruptions for shoppers and merchants when they headed to a shopping mall.
While most of the anti-Trump protests have been peaceful, Portland has had a turbulent week with nightly demonstrations that have turned violent and led to at least 100 arrests. On Saturday, protesters blocked streets and tossed bottles and other projectiles at police officers.
Contributing: WUSA, KGW
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