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Protesters shut down highway, burn effigy in reaction to Donald Trump win

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Stephen Feller
Demonstrators gather during a protest against President-elect Donald Trump outside the City Hall building in Los Angeles on Wednesday. Thousands filled the streets of downtown area of Los Angeles to march against the Trump presidency. Photo by Eugene Garcia/European Press Agency
Demonstrators gather during a protest against President-elect Donald Trump outside the City Hall building in Los Angeles on Wednesday. Thousands filled the streets of downtown area of Los Angeles to march against the Trump presidency. Photo by Eugene Garcia/European Press Agency

WASHINGTON, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Protesters in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and other cities blocked the entrances to Trump Tower and other properties owned by President-elect Donald Trump, airing fears about policies endorsed by him during the campaign.

Thousands of people took to the streets to protest Trump's electoral win over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Demonstrators took to the streets in the early hours Wednesday on the West Coast soon after Trump's victory was announced, and continued throughout the day and night across the country.

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Even before the election was officially called for Trump, activist and advocacy groups, and supporters of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, took to the Internet and streets expressing concern about the president-elect's proposed policies on immigration, reproductive rights, health insurance and the environment, among others.

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"We are making noise. We are telling Donald Trump that we don't like that he's here. I feel like we're doomed. This can't be real," one activist told KGW- TV.

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In Chicago, protesters marched down North Michigan Avenue toward Trump Tower, where they gathered, blocking the entrance to the building and shouted "Not my president," "Racist, sexist, anti-gay! Donald Trump must go away!" and "[Expletive] your wall!"

Many in the crowd, some with children, said they felt it was the only thing they could do in reaction to Trump's election and their concern about some of his proposed policies.

"The president is supposed to be a role model for children and somebody that they look up to. I feel like if I stand by my values, I can't be quiet for the next four years. I have to be a role model if our president won't be," said Kathryn Schaffer, a protester who brought her 3-year-old daughter with her.

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On the campus of American University in Washington, D.C., a flag was burned. At least 10,000 people protested at multiple locations in New York City, virtually shutting down Midtown. Protests also occurred in Pittsburgh, Portland, Nashville and Austin, Texas.

Many of the protesters shared a sentiment of fear about the direction of the country.

"The question on the minds of these people is if Trump will govern the way he campaigned," Andrea Gillespie, a political scientist at Emory University, told NBC News. "He's said a lot, but without a track record, it's unclear what he will actually do."

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