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One shot in Oregon amid nationwide anti-Trump protests, racially-charged incidents continue across US

Demonstrations continued across the United States on Saturday as tens of thousands of people marched in streets, staging the fourth day of protests of Donald Trump's surprise victory as president.

India TV News Desk, New York [ Updated: November 13, 2016 14:47 IST ]
Image Source : AP Placards at an anti-Trump rally

As protests against President-elect Donald Trump across the United States entered another day, police in Portland, Oregon, say one person was shot by a man who had gotten into a confrontation with a protester. 

Police said they were looking for the shooter, who apparently fled in his vehicle after the attack early today morning on a Willamette River bridge. 

The shooting followed rowdy yesterday night protests, when police used tear gas in response to "burning projectiles" thrown at officers, police said on Twitter. Hundreds of people marched through the city, disrupting traffic and spray-painting graffiti. 

Authorities reported instances of vandalism and assault during a rally that organisers had billed as peaceful earlier in the day. 

In other parts of the country, spirited demonstrations on college campuses and peaceful marches along downtown streets have taken place since Wednesday. 

The protests — held in big cities like New York, Los Angeles and Chicago as well as smaller ones, such as Worcester, Massachusetts, and Iowa City, Iowa — were largely peaceful Saturday.

Protesters rallied at New York's Union Square before taking their cause up Fifth Avenue toward Trump Tower, where they were held back by police barricades.

India Tv - Protesters at an anti-Trump rally

Image Source : APProtesters at an anti-Trump rally

Meanwhile, reports of racially charged outbursts at schools and universities and even on streets across the country continue following Donald Trump's presidential election.

The Republican president-elect was holed up inside his tower apartment, working with aides on the transition to the White House.

Among those railing against him was filmmaker Michael Moore, who tweeted a demand that Trump "step aside."

Fashion designer Noemi Abad, 30, agreed.

India Tv - Protesters hold signs during an election protest in front of White House

Image Source : APProtesters hold signs during an election protest in front of White House

"I just can't have Donald Trump running this country and teaching our children racism, sexism and bigotry," she said. "Out of his own mouth he made this division. He needs to go — there's no place for racism in society in America."

Trump's comments — particularly a 2005 recording of him making lewd comments about women — sparked outrage during his campaign. That spilled over into a fourth day of demonstrations following an election that ended with half of U.S. voters choosing the other candidate, Democrat Hillary Clinton.

India Tv - Protesters in Lafayette Square Park in front of the White House

Image Source : APProtesters in Lafayette Square Park in front of the White House

In Los Angeles, several thousand people marched through downtown streets Saturday to condemn what they saw as Trump's hate speech about Muslims, pledge to deport people in the country illegally and crude comments about women.

Jennifer Cruz, 18, of Ventura, California, carried a sign that asked: "Legalize weed but not my Mom?" — a reference to Californians' Tuesday passage of a measure legalizing recreational marijuana use.

Cruz said her parents have been in the United States illegally for 30 years, although her mother has spent years seeking citizenship. She called the possibility of their deportation terrifying.

India Tv - People participated in an anti-Trump protest in downtown Los Angeles, Saturday

Image Source : APPeople participated in an anti-Trump protest in downtown Los Angeles, Saturday

"We talk about it almost every day," she said. "My Mom wants to leave it in the hands of God but I'm not just going to sit back and not do anything. I'm going to fight for my parents, even if it kills me."

"He doesn't realize all the families he's hurting," she said of Trump.

Shawn Smith, 41, of Los Angeles, wore an American flag vest and held a glittery sign that said "Love Trumps Hate."

India Tv - People participate in an anti-Trump protest in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday

Image Source : APPeople participate in an anti-Trump protest in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday

"What he's been able to do is make 50 percent of the nation look over their shoulder," he said. "If you're gay, if you're LGBT, if you're Muslim, if you're Latin, if you're special needs, if you're female, it's a much unsafer place now."

"What is happening today is going to be the normal for a while," he said of the demonstration, "because we're not going to just sit back and watch our rights being taken away, our health care being taken away."

Protests were mainly peaceful, but in Portland, Oregon, a man who was participating in a march early Saturday was shot after a confrontation with someone in a vehicle. Police expect the man to survive and detained four people in connection with the shooting. A motive for the shooting was unclear. The four people detained are believed to be gang members, but the victim is not.

India Tv - Protesters hold sign in an anti-Trump protest in downtown Los Angeles

Image Source : APProtesters hold sign in an anti-Trump protest in downtown Los Angeles

The shooting followed rowdy Friday night protests, when police used tear gas in response to "burning projectiles" thrown at officers, police said on Twitter. Hundreds of people marched through the city, disrupting traffic and spray-painting graffiti.

Authorities reported instances of vandalism and assault during a rally that organizers had billed as peaceful earlier in the day.

In other parts of the country, spirited demonstrations on college campuses and peaceful marches along downtown streets have taken place since Wednesday.

India Tv - People protest against Donald Trump in front of City Hall in Kansas City

Image Source : APPeople protest against Donald Trump in front of City Hall in Kansas City

Evening marches disrupted traffic in Miami and Atlanta.

Trump supporter Nicolas Quirico was traveling from South Beach to Miami. His car was among hundreds stopped when protesters blocked Interstate 395.

"Trump will be our president. There is no way around that, and the sooner people grasp that, the better off we will be," he said. 

"There is a difference between a peaceful protest and standing in a major highway backing up traffic for 5 miles. This is wrong."

Protests also were held in Detroit; Minneapolis; Kansas City, Missouri; Olympia, Washington, Iowa City and more.

India Tv - A large crowd gather at an anti-protest rally

Image Source : APA large crowd gather at an anti-protest rally

More than 200 people, carrying signs, gathered on the steps of the Washington state Capitol. The group chanted "not my president" and "no Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA."

In Tennessee, Vanderbilt University students sang civil rights songs and marched through campus across a Nashville street, temporarily blocking traffic.

In Cincinnati, hundreds of protesters already had taken to the streets early Saturday afternoon to protest a jury's failure to reach a verdict in the trial of a white former police officer who killed an unarmed black motorist in 2015.

A mistrial was declared in the trial of former University of Cincinnati officer Ray Tensing. He was fired after shooting Sam DuBose in the head after pulling him over for a missing front license plate last year.

India Tv - People hold signs at an anti-Trump rally

Image Source : APPeople hold signs at an anti-Trump rally

Several hundred anti-Trump protesters joined the trial protesters and marched through downtown Cincinnati.

In Chicago, hundreds of people including families with small children chanted "No hate. No fear. Immigrants are welcome here" Saturday as they marched through Millennium Park, a popular downtown tourist attraction.

Sonja Spray, 29, who heard about the protest on Facebook, said she has signed an online petition urging the electoral college to honor the popular vote and elect Clinton.

"Women aren't playthings. Journalists aren't pawns. People of color are not commodities. Marriage equality is not up for debate," Spray said.

Ashley Lynne Nagel, 27, said she joined a Thursday night demonstration in Denver.

India Tv - A protester demonstrates in an anti-Trump protest in downtown Los Angeles

Image Source : APA protester demonstrates in an anti-Trump protest in downtown Los Angeles

"It's not that we're sore losers," said Nagel, a Bernie Sanders supporter who voted for Clinton. "It's that we are genuinely upset, angry, terrified that a platform based off of racism, xenophobia and homophobia has become so powerful and now has complete control of our representation."

Demonstrations also took place internationally. A group of Mexicans at statue representing independence in Mexico City expressed their concerns about a possible wave of deportations. One school teacher said it would add to the "unrest" that's already in Mexico. About 300 people protested Trump's election as the next American president outside the U.S. Embassy near the landmark Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.

President Barack Obama meets in Berlin next week with Chancellor Angela Merkel and several other European leaders, and is expected to confront global concerns about Trump's election.

Racially charged incidents continue at US universities 

A student at the University of Oklahoma was temporarily suspended and police are investigating a threat against a Muslim student near the University of Michigan amid racially charged outbursts at schools and universities across the country following Donald Trump's presidential election.

The Associated Press and other local media outlets identified several reports of racist incidents at schools since Tuesday, including a group chat that the Oklahoma student got involved with aimed at black freshmen at the University of Pennsylvania, Trump's alma mater.

The chat contained "violent, racist and thoroughly disgusting images and messages," and Penn is "appalled" its students were added to the GroupMe account," UPenn President Amy Gutmann said. Gutmann said UPenn police have been working with the FBI. She earlier said officials had increased campus safety and were "reaching out to support the affected students."

In Ann Arbor, Michigan, police are looking into a report of a man who threatened to set a Muslim student on fire with a lighter if she didn't remove her hijab on Friday. The incident apparently happened near the University of Michigan campus, according to Ann Arbor police Sgt. Patrick Maguire. He added that the department is "investigating it actively ... and soliciting information from anyone who may have witnessed anything."

A crime alert issued by the university said the woman took off her hijab and left the area. Witnesses told police the man was white with an "unkempt appearance" and "intoxicated with slurred speech."

The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations called Saturday for the incident to be investigated as a hate crime, saying the "alleged attack is just the latest anti-Muslim incident reported since the election of Donald Trump as president."

"Our nation's leaders, and particularly President-elect Donald Trump, need to speak out forcefully against the wave of anti-Muslim incidents sweeping the country after Tuesday's election," said Dawud Walid, executive director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

A racial backlash also unfolded after the election of Barack Obama, America's first black president, in 2008. At the time, police documented alleged crimes, from vandalism and vague threats to at least one physical attack. Insults and taunts were delivered by adults, college students and even children.

Anti-Trump protests have taken place since the election in cities including Philadelphia, Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Portland, Oregon, and New York.

(With AP inputs)

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