Donald Trump’s shock victory sparks protests across America

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Anti-Trump activists launched impromptu protests criticizing the racism, sexism and xenophobia that they say the president-elect has made mainstream

Donald Trumps unexpected election win ignited protests across the United States, with thousands of demonstrators crowding into streets and surrounding his buildings in major American cities.

The protests in cities including New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Oakland, Philadelphia and Seattle erupted after the Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, lost the electoral college and presidential race on Tuesday night despite apparently winning the popular vote.

As US voters and international leaders began to come to terms with a Republican White House led by the former reality television star, people opposed to Trump on Wednesday took to the streets criticizing the racism, sexism and xenophobia that they say the president-elect has made mainstream.

As night fell in midtown Manhattan, people took over Sixth Avenue and marched by Trump Tower, carrying signs that read Not my president, She got more votes and Hands off my pussy, a reference to a leaked recording where Trump bragged that he could sexually assault women because of his fame. A number of arrests were made.

Protesters who had marched all the way from Union Square some 35 blocks downtown continued past Trump Tower, with a crowd congregating in front of the president-elects building.

Fuck your tower! Fuck your wall! people chanted at Trump Towers brass-escutcheoned facade, as scores of NYPD officers manned barricades, behind which stood eight department of sanitation trucks filled with dirt.

Nina, an actor living in Manhattan, told the Guardian that the protest felt less like a call-to-arms than a vigil for the promise of America.

Im distraught at the decision, said Nina, who declined to share her surname for professional reasons. Hes a horrible, horrible man, not the leader of the America I live in. Or the America I thought I lived in.

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Samantha Conors, 24, marches with demonstrators against Donald Trump in Philadelphia. Photograph: Mark Makela/Reuters

Thousands also took to the streets in Chicago, a Democratic city that overwhelmingly supported Clinton according to initial polls.

Gathering for what activists called an emergency Trump protest, demonstrators virtually shut down the city during rush hour traffic as they shouted: Trump is not my president.

Im incredibly upset. Im angry, said Parker Smith as she held a sign stating My Body, My Choice outside the president-elects Chicago hotel tower. This has been just a lot to deal with and Im very worried for the next four years.

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Protesters have brought the Mexican flag to wave outside of the tower while screaming: fuck your wall pic.twitter.com/GQ1OJsn1pM

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While Chicago has gained international attention for these kinds of demonstrations in recent years tied to the Black Lives Matter movement against police violence Wednesdays protests drew a diverse group of voters united in their anger at Trump.

Protesters stood their ground for hours outside the luxury building, chanting about issues including black lives, LGBT rights and womens health.

This is the America I identify with, said protester Nicole Endenova, a young woman of color, as she stared at the crowds.

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