Protesters March on UCSD Campus, Upset Over Trump's Presidential Win - NBC 7 San Diego

Protesters March on UCSD Campus, Upset Over Trump's Presidential Win

Crowds of protesters took to the streets in San Diego, Los Angeles, San Jose, Berkeley and Oakland.

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    UC San Diego Campus Calm After Protests

    After a night of protests against Donald Trump’s election victory, the US San Diego campus was calm Wednesday, with students heading to classes and coming to terms with the results of the presidential race. (Published Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016)

    Dozens of students from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) protested Donald's Trump presidential win by marching through their campus in La Jolla overnight.

    Video posted to Facebook showed protesters marching and shouting, "[Expletive] Donald Trump."

    According to the San Diego Police Department (SDPD), UC San Diego police responded to the protests around 12:20 a.m. and made calls to SDPD for assistance.

    David Fite a senior at UCSD said students were marching to voice their concerns over America's choice.

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    Hundreds of UC San Diego students upset with Donald Trump’s presidential victory protested overnight by marching through their campus. At one point, some students even tried to walk onto the I-5. NBC 7’s Elena Gomez reports.
    (Published Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016)

    "It's really just to show our disgust with the election and the results -- to show that we aren't a part of this," said Fite. "This is not my president."

    At one point, students tried to march onto Interstate 5 at La Jolla Village Drive. Police shut down the on-ramp to the freeway for about 15 minutes.

    At around 1:40 a.m., one student marching on southbound I-5 was hit by a car. It appeared she suffered a broken pelvis, police said. She was taken to a local hospital and is expected to recover.

    California Highway Patrol said the I-5 ramp was reopened by 2 a.m. By 3:30 a.m., police said things had quieted down at the university.

    UCSD students weren't the only ones protesting the election results. Students at UCLA and UC Berkeley also held marches near their campuses. Hundreds of students marched in the streets of Berkeley, Oakland and San Jose, blocked freeways and lit flares.

    The protesters also smashed windows of the Oakland Tribune newsroom and prompted the closure of a BART station.

    At UCLA's campus in Westwood, California there were approximately 500 to 600 students who protested the results of the presidential election. No damage was reported and no one was arrested, according to Los Angeles Police.

    On Wednesday morning, the UCSD campus was calm, with students heading to their classes. However, there were still mixed feelings about the results of the presidential race.

    "I'm okay with it," student Angela Chou told NBC 7. "A lot of people are saying they don't like Trump because of what he says, but in reality Hillary did a lot more things that are bad and we have a lot of proof against it. So, I guess it's like choosing the lesser of two evils."

    Ryan Spence, a UCSD student who voted for Clinton felt otherwise.

    "The hateful rhetoric that was spewed kind of sparked silent Trump voters in a sense that all these swing states -- like, I was watching the election and they were all blue and all of a sudden they turned red," said Spence. "I thought, 'This is really concerning. I can't believe this is happening.'"

    In response to the election results, University of California President Janet Napolitano released the following statement on Wednesday.

    "In light of yesterday's election results, we know there is understandable consternation and uncertainty among members of the University of California community. The University of California is proud of being a diverse and welcoming place for students, faculty, and staff with a wide range of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Diversity is central to our mission. We remain absolutely committed to supporting all members of our community and adhering to UC’s Principles Against Intolerance. As the Principles make clear, the University “strives to foster an environment in which all are included” and “all are given an equal opportunity to learn and explore.” The University of California will continue to pursue and protect these principles now and in the future, and urges our students, faculty, staff, and all others associated with the University to do so as well. We are proud of what the University of California stands for and hope to convey that positive message to others in our state and nation."

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