Thousands of Washington students protest against Trump election
Washington, Nov 16 (IANS) Thousands of students marched in Washington DC in protest against US President-elect Donald Trump.
The crowd gathered in front of the iconic Trump International Hotel at noon on Tuesday and then proceeded to the US Congress, the Supreme Court and the Washington Monument before finally stopping at the White House, Xinhua news agency reported.
Chants broke out among the students as they marched, and many held up self-made placards to demonstrate their discontent.
“No hate, no fear, immigrants are welcome here,” one placard read.
“Everyone is equal, no one deserves to be mistreated because of something that they can’t choose, like their race or their gender,” an ninth-grade girl said.
“Because we weren’t old enough to vote, we chose to use this way to be heard,” another student said.
At one point a student climbed onto a statue in front of the Trump hotel, receiving wild cheers from fellow students.
The protest was initiated last Thursday by several student groups at the Woodrow Wilson High School, and as word spread on social media, students from other schools also joined the event, leading to a turnout that surprised many.
The protest ended peacefully without major incidents.
Trump incurred strong controversy with many of his statements considered discriminated and protests have erupted across the country since his election.