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Trump's Election Greeted by Protests Throughout Bay Area

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About 1,500 Berkeley High School students participate in a walkout Wednesday morning.  (Berkeleyside via Twitter)

Update Wednesday 12:30 p.m.

Protests continued Wednesday morning, as students have staged walk-outs at several East Bay schools, including Oakland Technical, Berkeley and Albany High Schools.

About 1,500 Berkeley High School students began the walkout around 8:20 a.m., just as classes were getting underway. Students gathered outside the school, taking turns speaking. District spokesman Charles Burress estimated that about half of the school's students were participating in the walkout.

"The district prefers that its students are in class and  participating," Burress said. "However, we do understand their concern and we  take it very seriously when they feel passionate about political issues.  We're doing everything we can to support them."


The students headed toward the UC Berkeley campus where they congregated at the base of the Campanile and were joined by a number of Cal students.

Several gatherings appear planned  for Wednesday evening, including events in Oakland and San Francisco.

Original story:

Donald Trump's election to the presidency Tuesday night was met virtually instantaneously with protests in the streets of Berkeley, Oakland, San Francisco and San Jose.

Crowds in at least two gatherings in the East Bay appeared to number in the hundreds. At least one injury was reported, apparently occurring when protesters walked onto Highway 24 in North Oakland.

Here's the best of the coverage we're seeing via other organizations posting on social media. Special nod to the East Bay TimesThe Daily Californian and Berkeleyside.

Police and protesters faced off at 14th Street and Broadway in downtown Oakland early Wednesday morning.
Police and protesters faced off at 14th Street and Broadway in downtown Oakland early Wednesday morning. (Berkeleyside via Twitter)

In Oakland, from the East Bay Times:

When it looked as if Trump was close to clinching the presidency, protesters began to gather in downtown Oakland at Frank Ogawa Plaza. But what started out as a peaceful march quickly turned violent.

... protesters threw a rock through the window at the Oakland Tribune office at 20th and Broadway, set several dumpsters on fire on Broadway, and sprayed profanity about Trump on buildings...

Part of the Daily Cal report:

Shortly after Donald Trump won the presidency on Tuesday night, more than 200 students poured into the streets of Berkeley and protested down Telegraph Avenue to Oakland, later jumping onto Highway 24.

About 11:30 p.m., protesters began marching down Telegraph Avenue in response to the presidential election results, chanting “Not my president” and “whose streets, ours streets,” as they lit flares and marched. After crossing into Oakland, protesters jumped onto the highway, with the scene quickly becoming chaotic.

“We don’t feel the government is hearing our voices when we say Donald Trump is not our president,” said UC Berkeley sophomore Esmeralda Cortez, who was at the protest. “The fact that he’s our new president says a lot about where our future and our generations are heading.”

A woman was hit by a car about 12:15 a.m. on the eastbound side of the freeway near Claremont, with multiple reports that the driver of the car allegedly tried to flee the scene. Protesters created a barricade to stop the car and attempted to break the glass.

In San Francisco, protesters gathered outside a Trump victory gathering at Twitter headquarters on Market Street. They dispersed without incident. Later, a crowd made up mostly of students from San Francisco State University blocked 19th Avenue adjacent to the campus.

In San Jose, hundreds of students also rallied at San Jose State University to protest the outcome. A peaceful crowd gathered at the Tommie Smith and John Carlos Olympic Statue, according to the East Bay Times, as numbers of students chanted, "We are the change."

Protests were also reported in Los Angeles, New York, Portland and Seattle Tuesday night.


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