Not My President: Donald Trump's victory leads to protests across America as high school students stage walkouts

'I feel very disgusted at America,' says a 15-year-old student who took part

Berkeley High School Walkout in protest against Donald Trumps election

Students across America have staged walkouts and protests against Donald Trump the day after his surprise presidential victory.

At demonstrations outside schools and colleges in California, Iowa, Arizona and Washington among other states, students gathered to express their dismay and fear at the election result.

Among voters under 30, more than half – 55 per cent – said they voted for Hillary Clinton, compared to 37 per cent who said they had voted for President-elect Trump, according to USA Today.

At Berkeley High School in California, more than 1,000 students walked out of their classes and gathered in the school’s courtyard holing anti-Trump signs and Mexican flags while chanting “si se puede,” which means “yes we can” in Spanish.

Berenabas Lukas, a 15-year-old student who took part in the protest, told The Independent he felt less safe since President-elect Trump had won.

“I feel very disgusted at America,” he said, adding he found it difficult “to see that your life isn't valued as an African American teen”.

“[Having] a president that doesn't support Latinos or African Americans, who is racist, and who is going to run America for four years, maybe eight, is sickening.”

Hundreds of students at schools in Des Moines, the capital of Iowa – a key swing state where President-elect Trump took 51.8 per cent of the vote – took part in similar walkouts.

They left their mid-morning lessons during the district-wide protest, which is believed to have been organised by students from an activist group called Urban Leadership, reported the Des Moines Register.

Some held signs saying “not my president,” a slogan that has also been used widely on social media as a peaceful protest against President-elect Trump.

Police said at least 500 people swarmed streets in and around the University of California LA (UCLA) campus, some shouting anti-Trump expletives and others chanting: “Not my president!”

Smaller demonstrators were held at other University of California campuses and neighbourhoods in Irvine and Davis, and at California State University, San Jose.

Protests also took place at two high schools in Phoenix, Arizona, while students at a school in West Seattle in Washington were heard chanting “F**k Donald Trump,” according to a Tweet by journalist Chris Daniels.

Last night, fireworks were set off by protesters in Seattle while demonstrations also took place in the cities of Portland and Eugene in Oregon.

In New York, singer Lady Gaga staged a protest outside Trump Towers by standing on top of a sewage truck and holding a sign reading “Love trumps hate”.

Elsewhere, however, Trump supporters gathered to celebrate their victory. Around 30 people headed to President-elect Trump’s star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood, where they chanted “This is our president” as counter-protesters looked on.

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