Thousands protest president-elect Trump in Miami, blocking roadways
Filmed and edited by Rachel Iacovone.
Miami joined the growing list of cities to host Anti-Trump protests Friday, Nov. 11, following president-elect Donald Trump’s controversial victory Tuesday.
Miami Police said the crowd grew to more than 2000 by the end of the protest.
That crowd included FAU student Caitlyn Rittenhouse, who expressed her concerns about a Trump presidency as a member of the LGBT community.
“We fought so hard to get, like, equal rights, you know? With jobs, you know, like, marriage everywhere — and now, I mean, him and Mike Pence, they’re going to take it away,” Rittenhouse said.
The peaceful protesters started their march at Bayfront Park, where Trump hosted one of his last rallies of the election a little over a week earlier.
Palm Beach State College student Aiyana Marrero was there from the start.
“I do want to be married one day, and it’s very well a possibility that it could be reversed for same-sex marriage, which is, like, something my girlfriend and I quite literally cried about,” Marrero said.
Despite the small squabbles between Trump protesters and supporters, and the one incident of bottles being thrown at the crowd from a nearby condominium, the protest remained relatively peaceful, which was good news to many, including, Venezuelan-born Fabio Tramonte.
“If he’s going to run this country for four years, eight years maybe, he’s going to have to deal with this a lot because he has to prove me wrong of what I’m saying — that he’s not a facist, that he’s not a sexist, that he feels that all immigrants. As an immigrant, a legal immigrant, I’m insulted,” Tramonte said.
Throughout the night, marchers blocked sections of MacArthur Causeway, the Dolphin Expressway, I-95 and I-395 east in Downtown Miami while a much smaller crowd gathered in Fort Myers.