Protests Continue in Center City, at Philly Colleges
It’s been little more than one week since Donald Trump was elected.
Since then, demonstrations have been held every night in Philadelphia – and after last night, it’s clear that protestors aren’t losing any steam.
A march in Center City gained traction around 5 p.m. yesterday, as roughly 100 people gathered outside the Philadelphia Police Department Headquarters at 8th and Race streets, where they protested the Fraternal Order of Police’s endorsement of Trump. The group eventually traveled to Market Street and west to Broad Street, where they headed south toward Rittenhouse Square.
— kriston (@krisjohn215) November 17, 2016
Tensions were reportedly high during the march, organized by the Philadelphia Coalition for R.E.A.L. Justice. Officers escorted away at least two women, one of whom had allegedly attempted to push through a wall of police officers on bikes, according to the Inquirer.
One man was arrested for allegedly flying a drone near a police helicopter that was monitoring the protest around 6 p.m. He was charged with reckless endangerment, according to NBC10.
The rally ended at 18th and Walnut streets around 7:30 p.m.
— Jeffrey Sidelsky (@mojosent) November 16, 2016
I think there's gonna be a protest? pic.twitter.com/SDphkcIw15
— Matt. (@MattMatthews_) November 17, 2016
Police brutality protest happening now at Rittenhouse Square. Protesters yell "Make a circle around the cops." pic.twitter.com/BN8L7RLbB9
— Philadelphia Citizen (@thephilacitizen) November 16, 2016
— dire skill set (@scareaphina) November 16, 2016
Meanwhile at the University of Pennsylvania, president Amy Gutmann marched in solidarity with students, deans, faculty and staff on Locust Walk.
The solidarity walk comes less than one week after many black freshmen at the university were added to a racist mass-messaging group that called for a “daily lynching” and included repeated use of the N-word. Those messages were sent just two days after Trump’s election.
“At a time when people are so divided, this is hope that we are united as a university,” Gutmann told the Inquirer. “This is what higher education has to do.”
— Penn News (@PennNewsToday) November 17, 2016
— Gregg Gonsalves (@gregggonsalves) November 17, 2016
Protests were held at a number of other local universities, including Temple University, Rutgers and Haverford College, where students eventually made their way to the Lower Merion Police Department.
— Chris O'Connell (@CoconnellFox29) November 16, 2016
— Courier-Post (@cpsj) November 17, 2016
— Trenton NJ (@TrentonNJrr) November 17, 2016
Anti-Trump protest at Rutgers pic.twitter.com/izOrmVqVaR
— Tu Maricón Favorito (@KingMustachio) November 16, 2016
The scene at Lower Merion police department right now. pic.twitter.com/KDWcSYDgnq
— Laura McCrystal (@LMcCrystal) November 16, 2016
Also yesterday, hundreds of local college students at universities like Swarthmore, Bryn Mawr Colleges, Rutgers, Temple and Penn walked out of classes in an effort to protest anti-immigration reform long proposed by Trump, according to NewsWorks.
— Dawn Timmeney (@DawnFox29) November 16, 2016
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