SAN DIEGO - Hundreds of people protesting the election of Donald Trump gathered on Park Boulevard, near San Diego City College in the East Village, Wednesday afternoon.
There were three groups mostly made up of students from San Diego High School, San Diego City College and Lincoln High School. They marched through the streets of San Diego holding signs and chanting.
The demonstrators blocked sections of Imperial Avenue, Park Boulevard, C Street, Broadway, Front Street and other roads and they paraded through town, displaying signs, waving flags and joining together in chants -- including "the people united -- we'll never be divided" -- to decry Trump's perceived hostility toward minorities and lack of qualifications to serve as president.
The protest was largely peaceful, though at least one person was taken into custody, police said.
Much of the throng wound up gathering for an hour or so in the area of Horton Plaza and nearby Edward J. Schwartz Federal Building before doubling back and heading east to the grounds of the Park Boulevard college, where the demonstration continued into the mid-afternoon.
Dr. Garcia of San Diego High School issued a letter addressing the possibility of the student walk-out and that they were not approving of it.
"We recognize the angst, fear and many other overwhelming feelings our students are experiencing during this time of transition in our country. Toward this end, we offered an open forum today in the Pat. It will be one of many opportunities for students to openly discuss recent events and how we move forward. Our goal is to empower students to design a plan to support not just tour immediate sdhs community but to extend toward other communities within San Diego and beyond. Students at City College planned a walk out, rally and march for today and distributed flyers to our students yesterday afternoon. We anticipate some of our students will want to participate. We have alerted school police to ensure our students remain safe at all times. Students that are not in class will be marked truant. This event is not a school or district sponsored event."