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Anti-Trump protesters join hands around Lake Merritt

Thousands of people linked up around the 3.7-mile lagoon

In response to last week’s election, wherein Donald Trump received enough electoral votes to become President-elect, vigils and protests (not to mention a horrifying number of reported hate crimes) have popped up all over America. The Bay Area, of course, is no different.

Following on the heels of action in San Francisco and downtown Oakland, Lake Merritt played host to a peaceful protest on Sunday. Billed as Hands Across Lake Merritt, scores of people gathered at the East Bay lagoon and joined hands in a comparatively quieter protest to voice their frustration at the impending administration.

According to East Bay Express, an estimated “5,000 to 10,000 people converged on the lake.” Here are some scenes from yesterday’s protest.


A photo posted by Kathreen Khavari (@kathreenkhavari) on

Let us take comfort in community. #HandsAroundLakeMerritt #PeacefulProtest #OaklandLove

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Peaceful Trump Response: Join Hands Around Lake Merritt

A photo posted by Robin Russell (@robinrussellsf) on

Estimated 7-8k #Oaklanders at #HandsAroundLakeMerritt #CongratulationsOakland #LoveTrumpsHate #followme

A photo posted by Jean Quan (@jeanquan510) on

Oakland holds hands around Lake Merrit #peaceful #protest rise of hate crimes.

A photo posted by @oaklandrobert on

Peaceful protest at Lake Merritt in Oakland. #lovetrumpshate

A video posted by Heather Rodriguez (@vote4hrod) on

Thousands lined Lake Merritt today and held hands. Such a powerful gathering. Love #handsaroundlakemerritt

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