ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) - Hundreds gathered Sunday in downtown St. Louis protesting President-Elect Donald Trump and spreading what they say is a message of love for all people.
Protestors met at the City Garden before marching along Washington Avenue, outside of the Justice Center on Tucker, south towards Choteau and then on to Union Station.
Outside of Union Station, protestors held a ‘die-in’, laying in the streets for four and a half minutes, representing the four and a half hours Mike Brown’s body lay in the street in 2014.
Protestors say they understand they can’t change the results of the election, but they say they want to be a voice for the minority groups they feel Donald Trump marginalized over the course of his campaign.
“We’ve been talking since the primaries about choosing leaders who love and respect all people and who treat everyone with fairness and who don’t label people based on any differences they have” said Katie Meyer.
“Acknowledge that all Hispanics, Latinos are here to stay” said Kevin Romo a political science student at SIUE. “All LBTQ communities are here to stay. All African-Americans are here to stay. All white people are here to stay, you know? I hope everybody is here to stay. Everybody is here to be part of a bigger America” he said.
The protestors rallied for almost four hours. The protests remained peaceful.
The event organizers explain on the St. Louis March on Downtown Facebook page that:
"Saint Louis now is the time to stand for what we believe in.
As of recent many of us are afraid for the safety of our family and/or friends. Now is the time to let your voice be heard. Now is the time to let the world know we are here and our feelings are valid. But most importantly Saint Louis, now is the time to let them know we will NOT take this sitting down. We will raise our voices and show that we can accomplish being firm and resilient against hatred, while remaining peaceful."
Similar protests have been held across the country following the election.
Protesters remained vocal Sunday about the election of Donald Trump as cities such as Washington, D.C., New York and San Francisco braced for more public demonstrations.
This is the fifth day of protests since Trump upset Hillary Clinton in the US presidential election. Protesters are upset about Trump's policies on immigration, the environment, LGBT rights and other issues. Some are questioning the legitimacy of Trump's victory by noting that although he took the Electoral College, Clinton won the popular vote.
"I don't know what we can actually do to change things," protester Allen Meisner told CNN on Saturday in New York City, "but we have to keep coming and making sure his hatred and his fear and the anger that he's stirring up and using to get elected doesn't manifest itself in our country."
A group of immigrants protested outside New York's Trump Tower on Sunday afternoon against Trump's immigration policies. A small protest also took place midday Sunday in Springfield, Massachusetts.
On Saturday, 8,000 people took to the streets in Los Angeles. The march was peaceful, unlike a Friday night protest by 1,000 people that resulted in the arrests of 187 adults and eight juveniles, Los Angeles police said.
Violence also flared again Saturday night in Portland, Oregon. Seventy-one people were arrested, mostly on charges of disorderly conduct and interfering with a police officer, police said.
"Several times throughout the evening, projectiles such as road flares and bottles were thrown at police officers," police said in a news release.
An additional 17 people were arrested Friday night. On that night, a man was shot and wounded during a protest in which demonstrators threw projectiles at police. On Thursday night, protesters smashed business windows and vandalized a car dealership.
<strong>New York protests</strong>
In New York, thousands of people marched two miles on Saturday and gathered outside Trump Tower, the President-elect's home in Manhattan, where they chanted and proclaimed that he was "not my president."
"I think that we are getting together to support each other as a community because this is a huge loss," Andrea Garcia said. "This election has set us back and has definitely shown the world that we are not as advanced as we claim we are."
By 8 p.m. ET, only a few dozen protesters remained and Fifth Avenue was open for traffic. Police said a few people were arrested Saturday but that the protest was largely peaceful.
<strong>'Thank you for the unity'</strong>
In Los Angeles, police tweeted around midday that about 8,000 people were "exercising their 1st Amendment Right. No arrests have been made."
The Los Angeles Times reported it was the largest anti-Trump rally in the city so far.
At 2:56 p.m. (5:56 p.m. ET), police tweeted that 1,100 people were protesting.
"Thank you for the unity," the tweet said.
In Indianapolis, two police officers were injured by protesters throwing rocks Saturday evening, according to a tweet from the Indianapolis Metro Police Department's official account.
Seven people were arrested as police tried to keep peace in downtown Indianapolis.
Protests also were staged in Chicago; Washington; Dayton, Ohio; Cincinnati; Oklahoma City; Salt Lake City; Providence, Rhode Island; and Las Vegas. Some cities that had marches on Friday night, such as Atlanta, were quiet Saturday.
<strong>Shooting in Portland</strong>
Protests in Portland, Oregon turned violent as demonstrators threw bottles and projectiles at police, and attacked a film crew, police said. Nineteen arrests were made on Saturday night, according to Portland Police .
"Protesters throwing burning road flares at police," tweeted the Portland Police.
They were blocking the city's light rail service and restricting traffic flow, police said. Officers were attempting to disperse the protesters using "diversionary bang device" after warning them to leave the street.
A man was shot early Saturday on the Morrison Bridge during a protest march. The suspect was believed to be in a vehicle on the bridge when a confrontation unfolded with a member of the crowd, Portland police said in a statement. The suspect got out of the vehicle and fired multiple shots before fleeing.
The victim's injuries were not life-threatening, and he was treated at a hospital.
Two 18-year-old men were arrested and charged with attempted murder and unlawful use of a weapon, police said. Seventeen people were arrested in Friday night's protests, police said.
Portland has been the site of the most violent anti-Trump demonstrations. Thursday night, a small group broke away and smashed the windows of businesses and a number of vehicles at an auto dealership.
On Saturday, police began tweeting photos of protesters and asking people to identify them so arrests can be made.
<strong>Man beaten in Chicago</strong>
In Chicago, police told CNN they are investigating an incident this week in which a group of people reportedly beat a man while yelling that he voted for Trump.
Cell phone video captured the man in a minor traffic accident Wednesday on Chicago's West Side.
The 49-year-old driver, David Wilcox, told CNN affiliate WGN-TV that a car scraped the side of his vehicle as he was about to make a left turn at a busy intersection.
"I heard a lady yell something about 'that guy is one of those Trump supporters,' " Wilcox told the station. "I turned and said to her, 'That has nothing to do with this.' "
The situation then apparently escalated as bystanders yelled anti-Trump taunts at Wilcox. The video shows Wilcox being knocked to the pavement, repeatedly being punched and kicked as a handful of people gather around him.