Protests against Donald Trump Continue across US
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Protesters demonstrating against the election of Donald Trump have gathered in several US cities for a third night, following previous outbreaks of window-smashing and fire-setting.
On Friday, thousands took to the streets of Miami, Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York, San Francisco and Portland, Oregon, voicing anger at Trump's controversial campaign rhetoric about immigrants, Muslims and women.
Small protests also were held in Detroit; Minneapolis; Kansas City, Missouri; Olympia, Washington DC; and Iowa City.
Hundreds joined a so-called Love Rally on Friday afternoon in Washington Square Park in New York City's Manhattan.
There were no reports of violence or arrests at the rallies, unlike on Thursday night when demonstrators in Portland threw objects, damaging new cars at a dealership.
Police there arrested at least 26 people, according to Al Jazeera.
In Los Angeles on Thursday night, police arrested about 185 people, mostly for blocking roadways or being juveniles out past curfew, according to police.
One officer was hospitalized for injuries suffered during the protest.
Anti-Trump demonstrators have voiced concerns that his presidency, due to start on January 20, would infringe on Americans' civil and human rights.
They cited his campaign promises to restrict immigration and register Muslims, as well as allegations the former reality-TV star sexually abused women.
Protesters in various cities have chanted slogans, including "No hate! No fear! Immigrants are welcome here!" and carried signs reading "Impeach Trump."
In Portland up to 200 people took part in protests on Friday they called Heal-in.
In Tennessee, Vanderbilt University students sang civil rights songs and marched through the campus across a Nashville street, temporarily blocking traffic.
A protest also occurred in Minneapolis.
In Chicago, multiple groups planned protests on Saturday.
Reince Priebus, the Republican National Committee chairman, acknowledged on Friday the tight race with the Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, but said anti-Trump protesters have to accept the election results.
He pointed to Trump's call for unity and meetings on Thursday with President Barack Obama and Republican leaders as reasons for reassurance.
Security barricades now shield some of Trump's most visible properties, including the newly opened Trump International Hotel near the White House and Trump Tower in New York.
Trump's base of support in the election was the broad middle of the country, from the Heartland through the Rust Belt, with voters in states that had long supported Democrats shifting to Trump after he promised to renegotiate trade deals with other countries.