Donald Trump Presidential win: Flag burned as protests breakout across the US

By Victoria Craw

WARNING: STRONG LANGUAGE.

Protests have broken out across the United States following news of Donald Trump's election victory.

In California, thousands of students took to the streets around the University of Southern California to yell anti-Trump profanities and chant "not my president."

Video from Portland journalist Mike Bivins showed a flag being burned as a crowd cheered and clapped. Other video showed students yelling "F*** Trump, smashing news stands and setting fire to rubbish bins.

Madeline Lopes and Cassidy Irwin, both of Oakland, march with other protesters in downtown Oakland. Photo / AP
Madeline Lopes and Cassidy Irwin, both of Oakland, march with other protesters in downtown Oakland. Photo / AP

Another 500 students gathered at the University's San Diego campus, while demonstrations were also reported in downtown Los Angeles, with people yelling "Whose got the power? We got the power," the LA Times reports.

Donald Trump's shock victory after a bitterly divisive campaign defied polls and political pundits.

Mr Trump struck a conciliatory tone in his first speech, saying the country needed to unify following the vote.

"I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans and this is so important to me," he said.

"For those who have chosen not to support me ... I'm reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so that we can work together and unify our great country."

"Ours was not a campaign but rather an incredible and great movement made of millions of hard working men and women. It's a movement comprised of Americans from all races, religions, backgrounds and beliefs who want our government to serve the people."




Daily Bruin reporter Tanner Walters said "thousands" had been sent to the streets in Westwood, California.

Earlier it was reported the Los Angeles Police Department were preparing for "riot mode" in certain neighbourhoods in the event of a Trump win.

"The polite thing to say is that this is not unusual, but this has been a very unusual election," a police source told Deadline. "We are ready to go into riot mode if required, if the order comes."

Mr Trump's win has inspired a wave of congratulations from far-right leaders around the world including France's Marine Le Pen and Holland's Geer Wilders.

UK Independence party leader Nigel Farage also congratulated the Republican leader after becoming a regular feature on his campaign following the Brexit result.




Russian President Vladmir Putin said he hopes the two countries can work to "restore" their relationship from it's lowest point since the Cold War.

However it's also energised nationalistic and anti-immigrant groups leading to clashes following the vote. Outside Trump headquarters in Manhattan rival groups changed "Black lives matter" and "All lives matter" at one another.

Protesters clashed with police after chanting "Donald Trump has got to go" as the Republican nominee was confirmed as President.

A protester sets off fireworks during a protest against President-elect Donald Trump. Photo / AP
A protester sets off fireworks during a protest against President-elect Donald Trump. Photo / AP

- news.com.au

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