Peaceful protest against President-elect Donald Trump marches through Berkeley

Protesters march through Berkeley streets on Thursday. Some later joined a larger demonstration in Oakland.
Protesters march through Berkeley streets on Thursday. Some later joined a larger demonstration in Oakland.

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After several nights of large and sometimes chaotic demonstrations in Oakland, about 100 people marched peacefully through Berkeley on Saturday night in protest of President-elect Donald Trump.

A group of about 40 people initially gathered at the intersection of Bancroft Way and Telegraph Avenue about 8:30 p.m. Carrying signs that read “Love will prevail we must unite” and “This is so bad,” protesters made their way through the streets of South and Downtown Berkeley as they called on others walking on the sidewalk to join the march.

“I’m coming to the realization that he’s not our president, and I’m angry about it,” said UC Berkeley freshman Estela Montiel, who marched in the protest. “I feel like this is an injustice to people of color, especially for people like me (because) I’m not a permanent resident.”

In contrast with disruptive Oakland protests Wednesday night an empty police car was set on fire and police deployed tear gasSaturday’s demonstration in Berkeley remained peaceful, with only two documented incidents of graffiti at Union Bank and Bank of America on Shattuck Avenue. No Berkeley Police Department officers were present as the march made its way through the city.

While some called for marchers to join a similar protest in Oakland, which saw about 100 people participating, the demonstrators ultimately stayed in Berkeley, ending back at Bancroft Way and Telegraph Avenue about 10:15 p.m.

Saturday’s protest comes after four days of protests in Berkeley, Oakland and across the nation after Trump’s victory. Wednesday’s protest in Oakland marked the largest such demonstration in the Bay Area, reaching about 7,000 participants, according to the Oakland Police Department.

The crowd at Saturday’s protest in Berkeley was diverse, with people of various ages and backgrounds walking and chanting together.

Rachel Jenkins-Stevens brought her 6-year-old daughter — by far the youngest person there — to join the mostly peaceful protest. Jenkins-Stevens called the results of the election “incredibly disturbing.”

“I feel like protesting is a very important way to communicate that disturbance,” Jenkins-Stevens said.

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  • “peaceful” yeah right

    • ShadrachSmith

      That’s getting to the nub of it :-)

  • Dave Doleshal

    I think these continuing vocal protests are a good development. However, maintaining a consistent emphasis on NON-violence is vital. (That means NO violence against people – AND no violence against property either). This is not just a question of idealism or values, but also a practical matter of effectiveness. As soon as the protest becomes violent, that generally discredits the protest in the minds of most of the general population – regardless of the content of its message. The opposition basically claims that the Anti-Trump people are basically stupid and irrational lawbreakers with no sense of responsibility or capacity for self-restraint – and therefore need to be restrained and suppressed. Behaving violently only confirms that criticism, and strongly counteracts the impact of the protest.

    • lspanker

      How about instead of PROTESTING, run candidates who are worth voting for next time?

      • Dave Doleshal

        I must admit I have considerable doubts as to whether an endless series of massive protests (even non-violent ones) is the most productive thing to be doing at this point. I confess I have no better suggestions either, but THIS does not seem to be all that constructive.

        However, remember that more people voted for Hilary than for Donald, so simply running a candidate who can get the majority of the votes does not seem to be the whole answer either.

        • lspanker

          Both candidates went into the race knowing damn well how the Electoral College system works, and games their campaigns accordingly. Trump is our president now, so we learn to live with it and stop playing “what if”…

        • remember that substantial numbers of illegal immigrants are registered to vote especially in states like California. As high as 2 million illegal immigrants may have cast ballots in the past election.