DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The election of Donald Trump as the next President of the United States has sparked protests across the country. Police in Los Angeles ordered demonstrators to disperse early Thursday morning, as they started making arrests and using tear gas to break up the crowds.
Thousands of people marched through the streets to express their disappointment over the presidential election results. Some of them burned a pinata fashioned to look like the President-Elect. Officers started taking people into custody once the protest crowd made its way onto the freeway.
Protestors took to the streets in downtown Dallas as well. The crowd broke up at around 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday night near the American Airlines Center, but the area was filled with about 200 people peacefully marching in opposition of the election, chanting and waving anti-Trump signs along the way.
Organizers of the march called this their way to express displeasure with the election results, and share concerns for what the upcoming Trump Administration could mean. “I stand with my brothers in the Mexican community. I stand with my brothers in the Muslim community, and the queer community,” said one protestor. “I won’t let him create a mockery of minorities.”
While anger was the prevailing emotion at the Dallas march, protestor Taylor Eubanks was disappointed, saying that shouting obscenities will not change anything. “I was hoping for more of a peace rally instead of what’s going on right now,” explained Eubanks on Wednesday evening. “I get that people are angry. I’m angry too. I broke out in hives today because I’m so anxious. But, when it comes down to it, we need to band together, stand side-by-side against Donald Trump’s administration.”
Authorities also had a strong presence at the Dallas rally, for safety reasons. The night ended with no arrests. The protest was organized locally by the Next Generation Action Network. Activist groups also rallied in Washington, D.C. and New York City on Wednesday night, along with a collection of other U.S. cities.