'Not Our President': Protests Erupt in the Bay Area After Trump's Victory

By Updated at 2016-11-09 09:59:35 +0000

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Students took to the streets of San francisco, Berkeley, Oakland and San Jose minutes after Donald Trump was declared the 45th president of the United States, blocking freeways, lighting flares and chanting, "Not our president" and "F--- Trump."
Early Wednesday morning, protesters also burned Trump in effigy, smashed windows of the Oakland Tribune newsroom, and set tires and trash on fire in downtown Oakland. The disturbance also forced BART officials to shut down the 12th Street Oakland City Center station.

A woman was struck by a car during the protest at Telegraph Avenue and Highway 24, the California Highway Patrol said. Officers said that the highway's eastbound lanes were closed as emergency responders treated the severely injured pedestrian.
A witness told NBC Bay Area that the car's driver intentionally struck the pedestrian. Police have not confirmed that report.

University of California, Berkeley students reportedly gathered at Sproul Plaza to watch the presidential election unfold. Malini Ramaiyer, a Daily Cal reporter, said some screamed and booed as Trump snatched up electoral votes.
The Berkeley protest swelled to over 200 people, and spilled into Oakland city limits. People chanted, "Whose streets? Our streets," Anderson Lanham, a UC Berkeley sophomore, said on Twitter.

Lanham credited Ilsa Carillo with spearheading the protest in the East Bay city. "We are students of color and we will not be marginalized, we will not be silenced," Carillo said, according to Lanham's Twitter page.
The hashtag #Berkvote was trending on Twitter with Berkeley resident Carol Coyote telling the Daily Californian, "We need to get organized ... as a nation. We cannot have a Trump presidency. This is frightening."

In the South Bay, a demonstration raged at San Jose State University. Pajama-clad students crowded outside dorms, with one yelling, "I'm not giving up." Noise complaints began to be filed as hundreds of protesters took to Tower Lawn, according to the Spartan Daily.
"The time for reform starts with us," one student said to a chorus of cheers.

Another said she voted for Hillary Clinton, but her voice "was not heard" because many of her peers "did not do the same."
Determined to be heard, San Francisco State University students also launched their own rally, chanting, "The people divided will never be divided."

Elsewhere, protests sprung up at University of California in Santa Cruz, Los Angeles, Irvine and San Diego.
Check back for updates on this developing story.

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