Calif. high school students walk out of classes in Trump protest

By REUTERS
November 9, 2016 22:37

 
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BERKELEY, Calif.  - Some 1,500 high school students and teachers in Berkeley, California, near San Francisco, walked out of classes on Wednesday chanting "not our president" to protest Republican Donald Trump's victory in Tuesday's US presidential election.

The students rallied in the courtyard of Berkeley High School, according to Charles Burress, spokesman for the Berkeley Unified School District, who estimated the crowd size. They then marched toward the campus of the University of California at Berkeley, a city known for its progressive politics.

"We're sitting here, setting our clocks back to 1950 electing this fool. You know? Trump honestly just makes us realize how much hate and ignorance is left," one female student told the rally, according to a live stream of the demonstration on the social media app Periscope.

She said people of color were afraid about the potential for discrimination, and immigrant families were now worried about the threat of deportation threatened by Trump.

Photos uploaded to Twitter showed hundreds of students protesting, many carrying signs decrying the president-elect and waving Mexican flags, along with the hashtags #NotMyPresident and #BHSWalkout.

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