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Anger over election turns to action, chants and tears in Newark |

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Anger over election turns to action, chants and tears in Newark
Nenseh Koneh, a Temple University student from Newark, speaks to anti-Trump demonstrators at City Hall
Nenseh Koneh, a Temple University student from Newark, speaks to anti-Trump demonstrators at City Hall

About 100 demonstrators, mostly young women of color, marched and chanted their way through the streets of downtown Newark Saturday afternoon, part of a spreading movement against the presidency of Donald Trump. They staged two sit-down protests in four hours, closing McCarter Highway and occupying the concourse of Newark Penn Station.

“If there ain’t gonna be no justice, there ain’t gonna be no peace!”
Their chants–“If there ain’t gonna be no justice, there ain’t gonna be no peace!”–and their makeshift signs–“Fuck Trump” and “Pussy grabs back!”–showed how the shock and sadness over the results of Tuesday’s election have been transformed into anger and, possibly, sustained action.
“Love trumps hate!”
Many of the students said they would travel to New York and Philadelphia to join continuing demonstrations against Trump whose campaign against Hillary Clinton was marked by threats to ban Muslim visitors to the United States and the creation of a task force to deport more than 11 million undocumented workers.

Anti-Trump protesters stage sit-in in Newark Penn Station
Anti-Trump protesters stage sit-in in Newark Penn Station

Build bridges not walls!”
Although it was noisy, the demonstration was peaceful and there were no arrests.
“No justice, no peace–no racist police!”


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