Saturday, November 12, 2016

Anti-Trump protesters gear up for weekend demonstrations across the US

Protesters across the US are gearing up for weekend demonstrations over the election of Donald Trump, as other activists begin work on plans to disrupt the Republican’s inauguration in Washington early next year.

Rowdy protests against Trump and his divisive campaign have spread to cities all over the country following his victory on Tuesday, leading to dozens of arrests and a complaint from Trump in one of his first public remarks as president-elect.

On Friday night in Portland, Orgeon, an unidentified man was wounded at 12.45am local time, as he and dozens of other protesters crossed Morrison Bridge during one of a number of demonstrations. Police said in a statement a man got out of a vehicle on the bridge, confronted and then shot the protester, who was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The suspect was still at large, police said.

Earlier in the night, for the second night in a row, Portland protesters blocked traffic and threw objects at police dressed in riot gear who responded with pepper spray and flash-bang devices. At one point, police pushed protesters back and appeared to take at least one person into custody, according to footage on a local NBC affiliate. 

Hundreds marched in the streets of Los Angeles, blocking traffic as they waved signs and chanted “We reject the president elect” and “Whose streets? Our streets”.

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