November 10, 2016 11:05 AM
Protesters in Georgia and around the country reacted negatively to Tuesday’s election of Republican Donald Trump, staging mostly peaceful demonstrations in Georgia and around the country. Students at Emory University staged a “march through campus in SILENCE and solidarity for the healing of hate in our country,” according to a Facebook post by the Young Democrats of Emory promoting the event.
Students at Emory were in the news last spring after someone wrote pro-Trump slogans in chalk at various locations on campus.
In Athens, around 60 protesters gathered near the UGA Arch, including Alexandria Talley, a junior majoring in avian biology. Talley told the Red & Black,
One of my really close friends actually committed suicide last night mostly because of the election. It makes me feel better [to be at the rally.] It makes me feel like I’m doing something.
What I’m really hoping to see is that even though so many people did vote for Trump I really hope that not all of them have same values. That even though right now it seems that all of America is for racism and sexism and homophobia and everything — that it won’t turn out that way.
Also Wednesday, around 400 protesters gathered at Atlanta’s Piedmont Park and marched to Philips Arena, as reported by the AJC. The Georgia protests echoed others around the country, including in New York, Washington, and Los Angeles. According to the Washington Post, members of the Trump transition team weren’t surprised at the protests, and expect them to continue through the inauguration in January.