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Thousands March In Chicago As Protests Over Trump's Election Continue

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Protests have taken place across several U.S. cities.

Protests have taken place across several U.S. cities.

Thousands of Americans took to the streets in Chicago, as protests over Donald Trump's election as U.S. president continued.

Several thousand people marched through the city's downtown on November 12, chanting "no hate, no fear, immigrants are welcome here."

Trump, during his election campaign, railed against immigrants, Muslims and other groups, prompting fears that his administration could follow through with harsh measures.

Meanwhile, a crowd estimated at nearly 2,000 marched down Manhattan's Fifth Avenue chanting "not my president" as they headed toward Trump's headquarters. No violence or disturbances were reported.

In his first media interview since the November 8 election, Trump was asked by The Wall Street Journal if he thought his rhetoric had gone too far.

Trump responded: "No. I won."

Trump, who initially denounced protesters as "professionals" who were "incited" by the media, reversed course and praised them on November 11.

Overnight, in Portland, Oregon, thousands gathered for a third straight night of largely peaceful protests. There was some violence, however, where a demonstrator was shot and sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

In Miami, several thousand activists marched through the downtown, with a few hundred making their way onto a highway, halting traffic in both directions.

And a mainly peaceful protest by about 3,000 people ended in Los Angeles early November 12 with about 200 arrests for failure to disperse after police broke up the lingering demonstration.

Some of those opposed to Trump have started gathering petition signatures calling on the Electoral College to elect his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, as president rather than Trump. They argue that because Clinton won the popular vote, but not a majority of Electoral College electors, she should in fact be president.

The Electoral College was set up by the drafters of the U.S. Constitution to balance the electoral weight of more populous states like New York with more rural, less populated states, like Kansas. In several presidential elections in U.S. history, winners have lost the popular vote, but won the Electoral College vote, most recently George W. Bush in 2000.

With reporting by Reuters and AFP
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