Protests against Donald Trump on the East Coast took place in Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York, while on the West Coast demonstrators rallied in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Oakland in California, and Portland, Oregon.
The protests were for the most part peaceful and orderly, although there were scattered acts of civil disobedience and damage to property. But things soon started heating up:
Portland rioters have been chasing a Trump supporters truck for 8 blocks. pic.twitter.com/ZjYr5c5h5x— Just Call Me Mister (@MisterMetokur) November 11, 2016
Protesters threw objects at police in Portland and damaged a car lot, the Portland Police Department said on Twitter. Some protesters sprayed graffiti on cars and buildings and smashed store front windows, media in Portland said.
And the police retaliated:
Due to extensive criminal and dangerous behavior, protest is now considered a riot. Crowd has been advised.— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) November 11, 2016
Portland Police have declared all persons within the protest area are now considered under arrest.— Portland OR Scanner (@PortlandORScan) November 11, 2016
Flash bangs and chemical weapons in portland tear gas and pepper spray being used pic.twitter.com/UYEEIn6uDd— PJ (@PandaJustice) November 11, 2016
A handful of protesters were arrested by Portland police.
Dozens in Minneapolis marched onto Interstate 94, blocking traffic in both directions for at least an hour as police stood by. A smaller band of demonstrators briefly halted traffic on a busy Los Angeles freeway before police cleared them off.
Baltimore police reported about 600 people marched through the downtown Inner Harbor area, with some blocking roadways by sitting in the street. Two people were arrested, police said.
In Denver, a crowd that media estimated to number about 3,000 gathered on the grounds of the Colorado state capitol and marched through downtown in one of the largest of Thursday's events. Hundreds demonstrated through Dallas.
Taking a far more conciliatory tone in his acceptance speech than he had at many of his campaign events, President-elect Donald Trump vowed to be a president for all Americans.
However, critics worry that his often-inflammatory campaign rhetoric about immigrants, Muslims, women and others — combined with support from the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacists — could spark a wave of intolerance against minorities.
"I hope that people get it out of their systems ... but then they give this man that was just elected very historically and his new vice president an opportunity to govern," Republican National Committee spokesman Sean Spicer told MSNBC.
Civil rights groups and police reported an uptick in attacks on members of minority groups, some by people claiming to support Trump. There were also reports of Trump opponents lashing out against people carrying signs supporting Trump.
More anti-Trump demonstrations were planned for the weekend.