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Anti-Trump Protests in US Enter 5th Straight Day

  • Ken Schwartz

Anti-Trump protesters march between Columbus Circle and Trump Tower in New York City, Nov. 13, 2016 (B. Leverone/VOA). Rallies in various U.S. cities entered their fifth day on Sunday.

Anti-Trump protesters march between Columbus Circle and Trump Tower in New York City, Nov. 13, 2016 (B. Leverone/VOA). Rallies in various U.S. cities entered their fifth day on Sunday.

Anti-Donald Trump protesters marching for a fifth straight day were energized Sunday by the president elect's announcement that he will deport as many as 3 million undocumented immigrants from the United States, with perhaps more to come.

One demonstrator in New York City told CNN: "They're here to stay and we stand in solidarity with them. People don't know what will happen and they're very scared."

Others filled the streets again Sunday in other cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco and Philadelphia. One group is planning a huge Million Woman March in Washington on January 21, the day after Trump is inaugurated.

Protesters hold banners during a rally in opposition to President-elect Donald Trump, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, California, Nov. 13, 2016.

Protesters hold banners during a rally in opposition to President-elect Donald Trump, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, California, Nov. 13, 2016.

His crude comments about women during the campaign, along with allegations from some women that Trump inappropriately molested them, are among the issues that have infuriated the protesters.

Many also decry remarks made against Muslims; others fear Trump will tear up environmental protection regulations and appoint Supreme Court justices who will overturn laws protecting gays and abortion rights.

Many of the protesters say they will keep marching right up until Trump's inauguration.

Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has said Trump deserves people to treat him with an open mind.

Demonstrators march against President-elect Donald Trump's election, in downtown Washington, after leaving Lafayette Park, near the White House, in Washington, Nov. 12, 2016.

Demonstrators march against President-elect Donald Trump's election, in downtown Washington, after leaving Lafayette Park, near the White House, in Washington, Nov. 12, 2016.

Close Trump aide and former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani called on Clinton Sunday to address the protesters and say they are exaggerating their fears of Trump.

Saturday

"Bridges, not walls," protesters chanted late Saturday outside Trump International Hotel in Washington, referencing President-elect Donald Trump's promise to build a wall along the southern U.S. border to bar Mexicans — who Trump has described as "criminals" and "rapists" — from entering the country.

On a fourth night of demonstrations around the country since Trump won last Tuesday's election, demonstrators held a candlelight vigil in front of the White House on Saturday evening before marching down Pennsylvania Avenue to the hotel where they blocked traffic and belted out other chants, including "We reject the president-elect."

Protesters also took to the streets and parks across other parts of the U.S. Saturday, with more than 2,000 people marching from Union Square in Manhattan to Trump Tower, home of the president-elect and where he was meeting with his transition team.

Thousands of protesters marched in other major cities like Los Angeles and Chicago.

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