Hundreds of protesters gathered north and south of Trump Tower on Friday — the third night of Manhattan demonstrations against President-elect Donald Trump.
The mostly young protesters braved 30 mph winds, chanting “We Reject the President-Elect” and “Love Trumps Hate” to express their disappointment with Tuesday’s election results.
“I am appalled,” said Crichton Atkinson, 34, of Brooklyn. “I guess I would say he’s going to crush our economy and anything he’s said about human rights is deplorable.”
“I want to be able to go out and be heard,” said Kevin Baron, 21, of East Brunswick, New Jersey.
The police funneled protesters behind steel barricades on Fifth Avenue to keep sidewalks clear. Baron expressed frustration about being blocked from walking along 56th Street — unlike tourists — because he carried a camera.
As for the election, “I felt like a group of people weren’t being heard — people who want to vote for rights ... there’s no forum for communication.”
Protesters also waved signs as they chanted “Don’t Just Watch Us, Come and Join Us,” and “Black Lives Matter.”
The protesters had gathered at about 4:30 p.m. in Washington Square Park before moving up Sixth Avenue to Union Square and then on to Trump Tower.
Protesters dispersed just after 8 p.m. and one NYPD officer said that might be because it was cold outside or they were going home to prepare for Saturday protests that were expected to start around 11 a.m.
The NYPD said 11 people were arrested during the protests.
Friday was the third day in a row that crowds of protesters gathered in cities throughout the country.
On Wednesday and Thursday, thousands blocked Fifth Avenue in front of Trump Tower where he was meeting with aides.
With Zachary R. Dowdy and AP