Protests erupted in cities across the U.S. for a seventh straight day on Tuesday, a week after Donald Trump was elected president.
Students in Washington, D.C walked out of Woodrow Wilson Senior High School in protest against Trump on Tuesday, and students from several other schools joined in, CBS DC reported.
Kimberly Martin, the principal of Wilson High School, aimed to make it clear that the school didn’t sponsor the demonstration.
“While we defend all students’ right to self-expression and peaceful protest, please know that this is not a school-sponsored (or DCPS sponsored) event,” a post attributed to Martin said about the walkout. “School or district administrators were not involved in or consulted with during the planning of this event and students are expected to be in school throughout the day”
New York City
Protesters were also spotted on the streets of New York City, where they came out in the rain to demonstrate.
Social media posts showed some carrying homemade signs as they marched along holding umbrellas to shield them from the wet weather.
The protests came on the heels of unrest among millennials on Monday, when students walked out of schools in California, Colorado, Maryland, Washington and other states. Many declared concerns over the president-elect’s comments about minorities and the effect he will have on their communities.
In Los Angeles on Monday, more than 1,000 students marched out of classes. Some carried signs that read “Deport Trump,” while others waved the U.S., Mexican and gay pride flags. Many said they have relatives and friends in the country illegally who they fear will be deported.
Brian Rodriguez, a 16-year-old born in the U.S. to parents from Mexico and Guatemala, said he was offended by Trump’s criticism of Latinos.
“It hurt me inside knowing somebody from outside our race is talking bad about us,” he said while carrying a sign reading, “Brown and Proud.”
In Oakland on Monday, hundreds of students from a dozen high schools skipped classes to call on California cities to remain sanctuaries for people who are in the country illegally, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
In Denver, another 200 middle- and high-school students walked out of two charter schools to march to the state Capitol, where they chanted and held up signs saying, “Millennial voice matters” and “Make peace not war.” The protesters called out “Si, se puede” - Spanish for “Yes, we can” - and “The people united will never be divided.”
Other protests hit Portland -- where students held signs saying “Students for change” and “Love trumps hate” -- as well as other cities including Seattle.
Some of Trump’s supporters, including former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, have called for the demonstrations to stop. He dismissed the protesters as “spoiled crybabies.”
Trump has accused some of the protesters who’ve hit the streets since his victory of being “professional protesters,” and he said in a “60 Minutes” interview broadcast on Sunday that those who are afraid and protesting are doing so “only because they don’t know me.”
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