Students Protest Hate Speech of #Election2016

Six days after #Election2016 named Donald Trump the U.S. president-elect, protests continue on college campuses and cities around the world.

High-school students, too, have protested the election. In California, Atlanta and Miami, high-school students have decried the outcome and made their sentiments known in public. In Washington, D.C., students marched and chanted from Capitol Hill toward the National Mall in Washington, D.C. 

The hashtag #DCPSWalkout was among the Top 10 trending hashtags on Twitter for the day. The demonstration was vocal and peaceful. “Love Trumps Hate,” was repeated over and over by the marchers. 

VOA Student Union caught the action from the rooftop of its Washington headquarters. 

Administrators of Wilson High School said they supported the students, according to the Washington Post.

Wilson social studies teachers, and many other teachers, empower students to be inquisitive, informed, and engaged citizens who use critical thinking, inquiry and literacy to prepare for college, careers, and civic life,” they said. 

The students were escorted by police to ensure their safety, as many protests are on the streets of Washington, D.C.

Throughout the day, students received support from parents — and even tourists — witnessing this historic event.

Students at a local high school in Oakland, California, which has a large population of Hispanics, also held a walkout, SFGate reported. Like the D.C. protests, students said love, not hate, was their message. 

Students were marching in support of sanctuary cities, as well, SF Gate said. Sanctuary cities designate themselves as open to protecting undocumented immigrants from arrest and prosecution. It is a 31-city initiative, SF Gate reported, that is threatened by the President-elect’s controversial deportation plans.

The President-Elect Responds

President-elect Donald Trump, has had several differing opinions on the protestors in the United States. The day after his victory, he tweeted:

But the next day, Trump tweeted:

There have been calls from Trump’s top campaign advisor, Kellyanne Conway, for Democratic leadership to step in.

“I think that the president of the United States, Secretary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, perhaps, others can come forward and ask for calm and ask for a peaceful transition and ask their supporters, which are masquerading as protesters now — many of them professional and paid by the way, I’m sure — ask them to give this man a chance so that this country can flourish,” Conway said on Fox News

During the campaign, it was discovered that the Trump camp had paid for people to show up and applaud at Trump events. 

The World Reacts with Protests in Kind

The United States is not alone in protesting the next president.

In London, hours after President-elect, Donald Trump won, anti-Trump protesters gathered in front of the U.S. Embassy.

 

Hundreds of protesters waved Black Lives Matter flags and chanted “refugees are welcomed here,” according to the Mirror.

There was some backlash from the far-right English Defence League who came to the rally to disrupt anti-racist demonstrations. Police had to intervene when a far-right protester ripped a “No to Racism” placard. The rally was otherwise peaceful.

In Tel Aviv, a small group of American and Israeli protesters gathered outside of the U.S. embassy. “The ‘Israel Rejects Trump’ rally was a small and peaceful affair compared to the disturbances that have broken out across the United States in the days following the election,” Haaretz reported.

CTV News reported that around 1,000 people gathered in Toronto, Ontario, to stand in solidarity with protesters against  Trump in the United States.

Protests also erupted in Melbourne, Australia. Mainly student run, protesters drew similarities between the election of Donald Trump and the rise of the far-right in Australia.

Former Australian Prime Minister, Paul Keating, had a call to action for Australia to distance itself from the U.S. following the election of Trump, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

“What we have to do is make our way in Asia ourselves, with an independent foreign policy. … It’s time to cut the tag. Time to get out of it,” Keating stated on ABC’s 7.30 program.

There is also a public rally planned for Thursday, November 17, held by the group, United Against Racism, at the U.S. Embassy in Dublin.

“All people opposing Trump’s racism, sexism and hate speech are welcome,” was the call to action of the Facebook Event, and 100 people confirmed they are attending.

For now, the protests show no signs of relenting, as many continue to show dissatisfaction with the results of a highly contentious American election.

Have you taken part in these protests here or abroad? Tell us about your experience. Please leave a comment below and on our Facebook page.

This story was written by VOA Interns Rebecca Hankins, Arnella Sandy, Brittney Welch.

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