A rally against U.S. President-elect Donald Trump is being planned outside the namesake Trump International Hotel and Tower on Georgia Street in Vancouver Thursday afternoon.
Rallies and protests against Trump have been erupting across the U.S. since the Republican’s stunning victory Tuesday night. Thousands of demonstrators, some carrying signs with messages declaring “not my president,” flooded city streets from Seattle to New York in the last 48 hours to protest his surprise triumph.
Flames lit up the night sky in California cities Wednesday as thousands of protesters burned a giant papier-mache Trump head in Los Angeles.
In Chicago, where thousands had recently poured into the streets to celebrate the Chicago Cubs’ first World Series victory in over a century, several thousand people marched through the Loop. They gathered outside Trump Tower, chanting “not my president!”
A similar protest in Manhattan drew about 1,000 people. Outside Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in midtown, police installed barricades to keep the demonstrators at bay.
The organizers of the rally in Vancouver are encouraging protesters to come out and “demonstrate mass opposition to Trump and his agenda.”
They are vying to build a movement against racism, sexism, homophobia and Islamophobia, the issues that were front and centre during the highly contested presidential campaign in the U.S.
They are also asking people to bring protest signs, banners and megaphones to the rally “to make their voices known.”
An 18-year-old American-Canadian woman, who is also Muslim, told Global News she plans to attend the rally to relay the message that the Americans who did not vote for Trump should not feel left out.
“There are minorities in America right now who are terrified to leave their houses,” said the woman, who only wanted to be identified as Muneeza. “I just want them to know that they are not alone and there are a lot of people who are with them.”
Nearly 1,000 people are expected to attend. The rally begins at 4 p.m.
~With files from the Canadian Press