Protests of Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election took place across California on Wednesday, with students at several Bay Area high schools walking out in the middle of class and a throng of young demonstrators taking to the steps of Los Angeles’ City Hall.
The demonstrations-which mirrored protests from Seattle to Pittsburgh-followed protests in the pre-dawn hours in which crowds openly disavowed the president-elect, with a few protesters resorting to vandalism.
At Berkeley High School, about 1,500 students — half the entire student body — walked out of class after first period began at 8 a.m., Berkeley Unified School District officials said.
Students tweeted “#NotMyPresident” and pledged to unify. Others chanted, “Si, se puede,” Spanish for “Yes, we can,” and waved Mexican flags, according to posts on social media.
“It’s not the first time we’ve had a walkout. We know what to expect, we know what we need to do,” said Berkeley Unified spokesman Charles Burress.
School and district administrators and faculty accompanied the students as they marched from the school through downtown and onto the UC Berkeley campus.
Earlier in the day, after Trump delivered his victory speech in New York, an estimated 2,000 people rallied at UCLA, where two separate demonstrations merged into one, said UCLA police Sgt. Miguel Banuelos.
The group marched from the campus through Westwood Village to a federal building on Wilshire Boulevard, Banuelos said. There were no arrests. At about 1 a.m., a Trump piñata was set on fire in a trash can outside a Westwood Boulevard store.
In downtown L.A., a crowd gathered near City Hall and property was defaced, including a fence scrawled with graffiti insulting Trump. Around 2 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, a crowd of at least 100 young demonstrators flocked to the steps of City Hall.
About 200 people demonstrated near Cal State L.A., and 50 others were at Pershing Square, said LAPD Officer Norma Eisenman. There were no arrests.
The mood was more buoyant at the president-elect’s star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood, where a small crowd of approximately 30 Trump supporters gathered early Wednesday morning to celebrate his upset victory.
In Oakland, demonstrators smashed a window at the Oakland Tribune newsroom and ignited trash containers and tires, police said. Small fires also prompted the closure of a Bay Area Rapid Transit station.
The crowd broke windows on five businesses and further vandalized another, said Oakland police spokeswoman Johnna Watson. One citation was issued, but no one was arrested, she said.
Protesters also burned Trump in effigy, KNTV reported.
Protests in the Bay Area city were centered downtown and there was a march along Highway 24, where a woman was struck by an SUV. She was taken to a hospital with “major injuries,” California Highway Patrol Sgt. Matt Langford told the San Francisco Chronicle.
At UC Santa Barbara, hundreds marched near the campus, with some chanting, “Not my president.”
One person carried a Mexican flag, according to video posted by the student newspaper, the Daily Nexus.
About 500 students marched through the La Jolla campus of UC San Diego, protesting Trump’s win and chanting his name with an expletive.