Trump election win sparks protests in U.S cities

Thousands marched on the property magnate’s Trump Tower in New York.

Thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets of several U.S cities to protests against the election of Donald Trump.

Many shouted the slogan ‘Not my president’. Others burned orange-haired effigies of the businessman.

Mr Trump will become the 45th US president after securing a surprise victory over Hillary Clinton.

He is due to meet current White House incumbent Barack Obama for talks aimed at ensuring a smooth transition.

Mr Obama who had branded Mr Trump ‘unfit’ for office and campaigned against him – urged all Americans to accept the result of Tuesday’s election.

“We are now all rooting for his success in uniting and leading the country,” he said.

Defeated Mrs Clinton also told supporters that Mr Trump had to be given a chance to lead.

 Despite their calls, protesters gathered in several cities across the country.

In New York, thousands marched on Trump Tower, voicing their opposition to Mr Trump’s policies on immigration, gay rights and reproductive rights.  Report says 15 people were arrested.

Police earlier erected concrete barriers and other security measures outside the fifth Avenue skyscraper, which is likely to be Mr Trump’s headquarters during the transition to power.

According to reports, in Los Angeles, a mass anti-Trump rally shut down a key freeway near the city.

Also in Chicago, crowds blocked the entrance to Trump Tower, chanting: “No Trump, No KKK, No Fascists USA” and “Not my president!”

American flags were burned at some protests and in Portland, Oregon, demonstrators temporarily closed an interstate highway. Demonstrations also took place in Philadelphia, Boston, Seattle and San Francisco, among other cities.

 In his victory speech in the early hours of Wednesday, Mr Trump vowed to “bind the wounds of division”, after an acrimonious election contest, and to be “president for all Americans”.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest has insisted Mr Obama will be sincere about ensuring a smooth handover when he meets Mr Trump, although he added: “I’m not saying it’s going to be an easy meeting.”

The president-elect will be accompanied to the White House on Thursday morning by his wife, Melania, who will have a meeting with First Lady Michelle Obama in the White House residence.