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Seattle protests Trump election

Seattleites march in protest of new president-elect

Miles Whitworth, Staff Reporter
Originally published November 22, 2016


Miles WhitworthSeattleites march in Capitol Hill late the evening following Trump's election. Many people made anti-Trump posters to carry. Citizens marched in the street towards the University of Washington.

Miles Whitworth

Seattleites march in Capitol Hill late the evening following Trump’s election. Many people made anti-Trump posters to carry. Citizens marched in the street towards the University of Washington.

The day after Donald Trump’s surprise victory in the presidential election, hundreds of Seattleites took to the streets denouncing the controversial president-elect. The protest, which blocked streets in Downtown and Capitol Hill before making its way north, mirrored similar protests in major cities nationwide.

The news late Tuesday of Trump’s win hit hard for notoriously liberal Seattle, and many feared that his presidency would spell doom for vulnerable communities, particularly after eight years of democratic control of the White House. These fears manifested in people from many demographics, including junior Willow Hudson who joined the demonstration at Westlake Park.

“I can’t vote but just because I can’t vote doesn’t mean I can’t be heard,” Hudson said.
Despite causing major traffic problems along their route, many drivers showed their support with long blasts of their horns which was met with cheers. The congregation stretched more than half a mile, absorbing new members as they ran out of their houses.

The marchers snaked through the neighborhoods of Capitol Hill, known for its prominent LGBTQ community, and the University of Washington’s Red Square where the crowd rallied.
The march remained mostly peaceful, even as armor-clad police officers raced to herd the crowd away from freeway entrances.

The protesters’ chants alluded to many different issues, including the Black Lives Matter movement, Trump’s history of misogynistic remarks and his position on the international refugee crisis. Many marchers also carried signs reading “Fight Racism” and called for a “resistance against Trump.”

These messages echoed calls that Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant made in a speech earlier that day in which she called for a “shutdown” on Inauguration Day.

Also at the demonstration was sophomore Tera Richardson. “We need to stand in this and fight together,” Richardson said.  “That’s the only thing we can do right now.”

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