Thousands Gather At Bayfront Park To Protest Presidential Election Results

Nearly 5,000 people assembled at Bayfront Park, just five minutes away from Wolfson Campus, on Nov. 11 to express their disagreement with the election of  Donald J. Trump as the 45th president of the United States.

Trump will take office on Jan. 20, 2017.

Protesters took over I-95 as the night fell on Veteran’s Day, angrily chanting “Not my president” and  “No Trump, no KKK, no racist U.S.A.” They blocked both directions of the MacArthur Causeway.

A woman screamed: “I just needed to know I wasn’t the only one who wasn’t okay with this.”

Others held signs that read “This republic just elected his president. So let’s work together…or…you can move to a better country.”

The demonstration was organized and posted on Facebook with the hashtag #NotMyPresident and was described as a way to create a peaceful outlet for people who are worried and concerned about the future of the United States.

Although the protest was nonviolent, the police intervened to avoid incidents as the demonstrators walked among traffic.

Among the protesters was Kendall Campus sociology major Kelsy Kottke, 20. Her Cuban-born mother, who voted for President-elect Donald J. Trump, didn’t know she attended the protest.

“This is a huge wake up call,” Kottke said.

People in numerous U.S. and global cities staged similar protests following Trump’s presidential win on  Nov. 8.

A war veteran protesting Anti-Trump protesters.
Sounding Off: A war veteran expresses his displaesure for anti-Donald J. Trump protesters on a sidewalk near Bayside in downtown Miami.
Young protester Courtney Abbott expressing her fear over a Donald Trump administration.
Tears For Fears: Courtney Abbott openly expresses her distress concerning the incoming administration of Donald J. Trump.
Protesters marching down the street.
United Front: Protesters march down the streets of downtown Miami holding a “Dump Trump” banner and various signs.
Protesters in downtown Miami.
Taking Bayfront: Thousands of anti-Donald J. Trump protesters take the streets of downtown Miami on Nov. 11, voicing their displeasure with the presidential election result.

Maria Vizcaino

Maria Elena Vizcaino, 20, is a mass communications/journalism major at MDC-West. Vizcaino, who graduated from Ronald W. Reagan Doral Senior High School in 2015, will serve as a briefing editor for The Reporter during the 2016 summer semester. She aspires to become an investigative print journalist.