Hundreds of UO students protest election of Donald Trump near EMU, down 13th Avenue
Hundreds of University of Oregon students gathered on campus just after 11 p.m. on Tuesday night to protest the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States.
The group, which at its height was estimated to be more than 600, marched from the EMU, down 13th Avenue and neared downtown Eugene before looping back to the EMU.
“We’re liberal students on this campus and we’re mad that this happened,” said Zuri Starks, a UO student marching with the group. “We all thought it was a joke six months ago.”
Many students in the original crowd had come from the on-campus dorms, hearing about the gathering via Snapchat.
University of Oregon Police were alerted to the gathering by EMU security. Officers walked with the protest as it headed downtown and alerted Eugene Police.
“They’re doing what’s right, they’re protesting what they’re not happy with,” said UOPD Sergeant Scott Clark. “I’m just concerned that somebody is gonna get hit by a car.”
Once they’d returned to the EMU after the initial loop on 13th Avenue, the students rallied and listened as some spoke about their feelings on the election.
“I was basically saying that this fight is not over,” said Tommy Thomas, one of the students who spoke at the amphitheater. “This election is not the end of what we believe in.”
The students then marched back down 13th Avenue, heading for city hall.
This story is ongoing, more to come.
Connor Kwiecien contributed reporting to this article.
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