A crowd of approximately 300 students gathered at UC Riverside’s Bell Tower around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8 to protest Tuesday night’s election results that revealed Republican Donald Trump as the U.S. president elect. The gathering, which was organized by a group of students on campus hours before, was an effort for students to express solidarity with those equally distressed by Trump’s victory.
“He is not my president,” one student shouted as he stood on a platform in the middle of the crowd.
Later, ASUCR CHASS Senator Semi Cole, who assisted the protest’s organizers, proposed that “(students) need to be educated … it’s not about us anymore.”
Toward the end of the protest Cole shared that a larger anti-Trump protest is currently being organized and will take place on campus Thursday, Nov. 10. However, that date has since been designated for an 8 p.m. meeting at the Bell Tower in an effort to organize any further actions taken by UCR-based protest group “He is not my president.”
Prior to tonight’s gathering, another protest had been organized for Friday, Nov. 18 beginning at 5 p.m. at the Bell Tower. The time and date are both subject to change based on attendance, per the event’s Facebook page.
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