Anti-Trump protests continue in many US cities

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Protesters have continued to demonstrate against Donald Trump's victory in the US presidential election, as they have done daily since the news broke.

Rowdy protests continued for a second night in Portland, Oregon, where police used tear gas and flash-bang grenades to try to disperse the crowd.

The authorities said there were incidents of vandalism and assault at the rally where "burning projectiles" were thrown at police, even though organisers had billed it as peaceful earlier in the day.

Portland protests
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Trump supporter Nicolas Quirico was travelling from South Beach to Miami. His car was among hundreds stopped when protesters blocked Interstate 395.

"Trump will be our president. There is no way around that, and the sooner people grasp that, the better off we will be," he said. "There is a difference between a peaceful protest and standing in a major highway backing up traffic for five miles. This is wrong."

In other parts of the country, the demonstrations on college campuses and along city streets were mostly peaceful, following previous outbreaks of window-smashing and fire-setting.

Protests in New York
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Hundreds of people had attended another "love rally" in Washington Square Park in Manhattan. In Washington DC, more than 200 people gathered on the steps of the Capitol chanting "not my president" and "no Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA".

In Tennessee, Vanderbilt University students sang civil rights songs and marched through campus across a Nashville street, temporarily blocking traffic. A protest also occurred in Minneapolis. In Chicago, multiple groups planned protests throughout Saturday.

Trump
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Earlier, Trump raised eyebrows by doing what seems like a bit of a U-turn. Even though he had repeatedly vowed on the campaign trail to repeal the Affordable Care Act "on day one", he said he would be open to maintaining portions of Obama's signature legislative achievement.

He also said that he wants "a country that loves each other" but said he did not regret his incendiary rhetoric during the campaign, telling the Wall Street Journal: "No. I won."