Election protest marches seen across country

- Protests have started around the county in at least seven cities Wednesday night following Tuesday's election results.

The Ann Arbor News reports hundreds of students gathered Wednesday at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor to protest Trump's election. Another gathering that the newspaper says drew more than 1,000 focused on love, equality and discussion.

Lamees Mekkaoui, a senior at the University of Michigan and member of the Socialist Students Organization, helped organize the anti-Trump rally. Mekkaoui says "we wanted to provide a more active form of protest, so people could share their feelings and provide points of action going forward."

Protests also took place in Detroit. The Detroit News reports about 100 demonstrators rallied at downtown's Campus Martius park.

Hundreds of protesters also gathered outside Chicago's Trump Tower to express their disapproval of the election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States. Authorities say police have been stationed outside the hotel and condominium tower since early Wednesday, when it was apparent the Republican Trump had defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in their presidential contest.

Below: A live feed from FOX 29 Chicago / Above: a view from FOX 32 in Philadelphia 
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The protest was organized by the groups Freedom First International and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, among others. The organizers contend the protest is designed to show solidarity with Muslims, women, LGBTQ people, poor and working people and Black Lives Matter.

Protests involving hundreds of people were also taking place in Philadelphia (seen in photos by FOX 32), New York, Seattle, St. Paul and Oakland.

In New York the protests began in Union Square at about 6 p.m. according to FOX News. 

Protests began in Detroit as well, starting in Campus Martius and marched down Cass to the Wayne State area. A portion broke off and headed to Greek Town, but the crowd ended shortly after.

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The protests come after Trump's call for unity in a victory speech early Wednesday morning, echoed by President Barack Obama and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Obama hailed Trump's call for unity and said, "we are now all rooting for his success."

Obama spoke to reporters in the Rose Garden of the White House in a post-election ritual meant to signal the peaceful transition of power from one president to the next. He vowed to do all he could to ensure a smooth transition and tried to buck up Democrats still reeling with disappointment and shock.

"Everybody is sad when their side loses an election, but the day after, we have to remember we are actually all on one team," Obama said.

"And then if we lose, we learn from our mistakes, we do some reflection, we lick our wounds, we brush ourselves off, we get back in the arena," he added. "But the point, though, is that we all go forward with the presumption of good faith in our fellow citizens."

A day after Election Day, Clinton held a narrow lead in the popular vote, according to unofficial results tallied by The Associated Press. With nearly 125 million votes counted, Clinton had 47.7 percent of the vote and Trump had 47.5 percent.

That's a lead of about 236,000 votes.

Clinton, meanwhile, lamented that the nation proved to be "more divided than we thought" but told supporters, "We owe him an open mind and a chance to lead."

Standing before a crowd of crestfallen campaign aides and backers, Clinton said, "This is painful and it will be for a long time."

She acknowledged that America has not "shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling" with her failed bid, but she assured that "someday, somebody will."

--The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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