Anti-Trump Protesters Gather for Second Night in Dallas - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Anti-Trump Protesters Gather for Second Night in Dallas



    Anti-Trump Protests Continue Thursday in Dallas

    Protesters marched for the second straight night Thursday in downtown Dallas to voice their opposition to President-elect Donald Trump. (Published Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016)

    Protesters marched for a second straight night Thursday in downtown Dallas to voice their opposition to President-elect Donald Trump.

    More than 200 people gathered at Dealey Plaza, where they held signs and yelled as commuters passed by in their cars, some honking as they drove.

    About an hour later the crowd began marching through downtown, passing through the West End, Uptown, Klyde Warren Park and returning to Dealey Plaza by about 10 p.m.

    "I believe that Donald Trump is unfit for the presidency. I'm very concerned for the direction of our country," said protester Damaris Combs.

    Many in the group echoed his feelings.

    "I hope that he doesn't make good on half of the things that he says he's going to do. But if he does, we've got to have a coalition of every minority group and everyone who's just a decent human being standing together to say, 'No,'" said protester Daniel Cates.

    Dallas police lined the streets, directing traffic around the marchers.

    Without a permit, they mostly stayed on the sidewalks, as instructed by police. At least three people were arrested when they marched in the street.

    Similar events took place across the U.S., including New York City and Chicago, where thousands of anti-Trump activists gathered outside the Trump International Hotel & Tower.

    Trump responded with a tweet Thursday evening, writing:

    "Just had a very open and successful presidential election. Now professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair!"

    Thursday's activity follows a demonstration and march through downtown Dallas Wednesday, one day after Trump's presidential victory.

    More Protests Planned After Trump's ElectionMore Protests Planned After Trump's Election

    Further protests were planned for Thursday in Dallas following Donald Trump's election to president.
    (Published Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016)

    Organizers were quick to call the Dallas demonstration a rally rather than a protest. Still, about 200 people gathered to voice their concerns about Trump.

    Their chants echoed through the city streets, including concerns about everything from the economy, to immigration and diversity.

    It was organized by the Next Generation Action Network and several other local representatives that have been outspoken about equal rights.

    Many held signs expressing their feeling about the outcome of the election. Some read "Love Trumps Hate" and "Spirit Unbreakable."

    Hundreds March in Dallas After Trump's Election VictoryHundreds March in Dallas After Trump's Election Victory

    Demonstrators marched through the streets of downtown Dallas Wednesday, one day after Donald Trump's presidential victory.
    (Published Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016)

    "A lot of communities are in despair – Muslim, immigrant, LGBT. We're gathering here to just, we can't be afraid. We have to continue to organize, continue to push," said David Villalobos, with the Next Generation Action Network.

    Organizers promise the rallies won't end here. They encouraged everyone that has a concern to speak up.

    Earlier Wednesday, hundreds of students at the University of Texas-Austin spilled out of classrooms to march through downtown Austin in protest of Trump's victory, chanting "out of your houses and into the streets."

    They subsequently marched along streets near the Texas Capitol, then briefly blocked a crowded traffic bridge. Similar demonstrations were held on other college campuses.

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