U.S. protesters march against Trump
presidency for fifth day
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[November 14, 2016]
By Alexander Besant
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Demonstrators in major
U.S. cities took to the streets on Sunday for a fifth straight day to
protest President-elect Donald Trump, whose campaign manager said
President Barack Obama and Democrat Hillary Clinton should do more to
support a peaceful transition.
Following several nights of unrest, crowds of people marched in parks in
New York City, San Francisco and Oakland, California, according to
A few thousand joined a march at the south end of Manhattan's Central
Park, beginning at a Trump property on Columbus Circle and walking
toward the real estate mogul's skyscraper headquarters less than a mile
(1.6 km) away.
They chanted: "Say it loud, say it clear, immigrants are welcomed here,"
and held signs such as "White silence = violence" and "Don't mourn,
One protester said demonstrators were reclaiming what the American flag
he was holding stood for.
"The flag means freedom of speech, freedom of religion, equal protection
under the law and other values like diversity, respecting differences,
freedom of assembly and freedom of the press," said Daniel Hayman, 31,
of Seattle, who was in New York for work. "We're trying to reclaim the
flag and push forward those values."
Thousands in several cities have demonstrated since the results from
Tuesday's election showed Trump, a Republican, lost the popular tally
but secured enough votes in the 538-member Electoral College to win the
presidency, surprising the world.
Largely peaceful demonstrators in urban areas have said Trump threatens
their civil and human rights. They have decried Trump's often
inflammatory campaign rhetoric about illegal immigrants, Muslims and
women, as well as allegations, which he denies, that the former reality
TV star sexually abused women.
Dozens have been arrested, including 71 in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday
night, according to police, and a handful of police injured.
'LET'S MAKE WAVES'
In San Francisco on Sunday, about 1,000 people marched through Golden
Gate Park toward a beach where they chanted: "Let's make waves." They
held signs such as "I resist racism" and "Down with the Trumps."
Across the bay in Oakland, thousands of protesters joined a
festival-like atmosphere, holding peace signs and blowing soap bubbles
in the sunshine. Many had brought their children, aiming to hold hands
around the 3.4-mile (5.5-km) circumference of Lake Merritt in a popular
Civil rights groups have monitored violence against U.S. minorities
since Trump's win, citing reports of attacks on women in Islamic head
scarves, of racist graffiti and of bullying of immigrant children. They
have called on Trump to denounce the attacks.
Trump said he was 'so saddened' to hear of instances of violence by some
of his supporters against minorities, according to a transcript released
on Sunday of an interview with the CBS program '60 Minutes.'
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A woman chant slogans while marching against U.S. President-elect
Donald Trump in Manhattan, New York, U.S., November 13, 2016.
'THIS MAN IS OUR PRESIDENT'
Kellyanne Conway, Trump's campaign manager, said on Fox News on
Sunday that she was sure many of the protesters were paid
professionals, although she offered no proof.
Suggesting a double standard, Conway said on NBC's "Meet the Press"
that if Clinton had won the election and Trump supporters had
protested, "people would be freaking out that his supporters were
not accepting election results."
"It's time really for President Obama and Secretary Clinton to say
to these protesters: 'This man is our president,'" she said.
Republican House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan told CNN on
Sunday that protests were protected by the First Amendment as long
as they were peaceful.
Neither Obama nor Clinton has called for an end to the protests.
Obama told Trump at the White House on Thursday that he was going to
help Trump succeed, "because if you succeed, then the country
Clinton told supporters at a New York hotel on Wednesday: "Donald
Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and the
chance to lead."
Trump on Sunday attacked the New York Times for coverage he said was
"very poor and highly inaccurate."
"The @nytimes sent a letter to their subscribers apologizing for
their BAD coverage of me. I wonder if it will change - doubt it?"
Trump wrote on Twitter.
The newspaper published a letter in Sunday's editions from publisher
Arthur Sulzberger and executive editor Dean Baquet, not apologizing,
but thanking readers for their loyalty and asking how news outlets
underestimated Trump's support.
The Times plans to "hold power to account, impartially and
unflinchingly" during the Trump presidency, they wrote.
(Additional reporting by Alana Wise in Washington, Beck Diefenbach
in San Francisco and Noah Berger in Oakland, Calif.; Writing by
David Ingram; Editing by James Dalgleish and Peter Cooney)
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