Bay Area: Protesters rail against Donald Trump presidency, set fires, vandalize buildings

OAKLAND — Hundreds of protesters across the Bay Area took to the streets, freeways and college campuses early Wednesday morning to voice their frustration about a Donald Trump presidency.

At least one injury was reported when a pedestrian was hit by a car on Highway 24 after protesters blocked the highway around midnight.

In Oakland, protesters threw a rock through the window at the Oakland Tribune office at 20th and Broadway, set several dumpsters on fire on Broadway, and sprayed profanity about Trump on buildings. Hundreds of people also gathered at San Jose State University after Trump defied the polls and staged a stunning victory over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

When it looked as if Trump was close to clinching the presidency, protesters began to gather in downtown Oakland at Frank Ogawa Plaza. But what started out as a peaceful march quickly turned violent.

Social media reports showed protesters enter Highway 24 and shut down lanes of traffic.
A CHP official said around 12:20 a.m. Wednesday, a pedestrian was hit by a car on eastbound Highway 24 at Claremont Avenue. Officers found the protester with “major injuries” and the pedestrian was taken to a hospital.

Traffic was stopped on the freeway for more than 20 minutes, but were then reopened, according to the CHP.

In San Jose, a peaceful crowd numbering in the hundreds gathered at San Jose State’s Olympic Black Power Statue to rally against the election of Trump.

A number of students shouted to the crowd, “We are the change. Si se puede” as a Mexican flag was on display. They talked about “being the change.”

Genesis Magaña, 20, a junior majoring in child development, declined to say who she voted for but said it was a third party candidate.

“I felt like Trump and Clinton both lie, they’re not truthful,” Magaña said. “I didn’t want a person who would be lying — either Trump or Hillary. It was like, “What evil are you picking?” and I don’t want any of that.”

Her friend, Leticia Florida, 20, a junior kinesiology major, voted for Clinton and was upset that her candidate lost.

“It’s unfair and more people should have voted for Hillary. I’m worried about people of color about being kicked out of the United States,” she said.

She wasn’t an original Clinton supporter but she said, “It was better to choose Clinton than to vote for Trump.”

A young woman waving a Trump-Pence campaign sign was surrounded by protesters. A campus police car appeared and the crowd returned to the statue to continue their demonstration.

Staff writers Matthias Gafni and Katrina Cameron contributed to this report.

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