AUSTIN (KXAN) — Hundreds of University of Texas at Austin students are marching through downtown, following an election upset by President-elect Donald Trump. At around 4 p.m. students finished their loop through downtown Austin and made their way back to campus. Wednesday night, protesters returned and were marching through downtown.
In a Facebook Live video by KXAN’s Alicia Inns, students were seen marching quickly through downtown in the rain, passing City Hall and blocking the First Street Bridge over Lady Bird Lake, where they regrouped and voiced their strong opposition to Trump. City Council Member Greg Casar, reelected Tuesday, was in the protest march.
Students then looped around Riverside Drive and took a break on the Congress Ave. bridge, before heading north block by block. Austin police blocked off streets on the march’s route and a helicopter was heard flying overhead. Officers called the protest “peaceful.” In a tweet, Police Chief Art Acevedo wrote, “We serve the State Capital & always strive to help ALL exercise their First Amendment Right peacefully & safely.
Among the chants by the group were, “Donald Trump has got to go,” “Texas! Fight! Texas Fight!,” “Si se puede” (Yes we can), “A people united will never be divided” and “We shut s–t down.” Some at the front of the protest group were wearing face masks and carrying a Communist flag.
A student walking in the march told us, “I know people are saying the election is over but at the end of the day, when the Republicans get in the office our education funds get cut, that’s our financial aid. That’s our teachers. That’s everyone, that affects us.”
The university’s dean of students, Soncia Reagins-Lilly, said in a letter to students, “I’ve heard that our student leaders are hard at work organizing opportunities for students to support each other and process the range of emotions we may all feel, from celebration to uncertainty.”
Watch Alicia Inn’s Facebook Live from within the march earlier. Warning: Strong language.