Protesters take to Chapel Hill streets to express anger at Trump’s election

Protesters block the intersection of Franklin and Columbia streets in Chapel Hill during an anti-Trump protest Friday night. (CBS North Carolina)
Protesters block the intersection of Franklin and Columbia streets in Chapel Hill during an anti-Trump protest Friday night. (CBS North Carolina)

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WNCN) — Hundreds of protesters blocked roads near the University of North Carolina’s campus in Chapel Hill during so-far peaceful protests against President-elect Donald Trump before moving to Carrboro, where they are blocked Main Street.

By 10:15 p.m., the protesters had largely dispersed, though Franklin Street remained closed, and by 11 p.m. traffic flow was getting back to normal.

Click here to see photos of the anti-Trump protest Friday in Chapel Hill.
Click here to see photos of the anti-Trump protest Friday in Chapel Hill.

“I am the parent of an LGBTQ person, and I’m really concerned about her rights in the future,” said Meg Hanks of Chapel Hill.

Other protesters listed concerns including healthcare and the rights of transgender people.

After first blocking the intersection of Franklin and Columbia streets, the crowd moved to the Old Well, a campus icon, where speakers discussed their worries about a Trump presidency.

Protesters then returned to the intersection of Franklin and Columbia and blocked it again, before marching further west. At Franklin’s intersection with Graham Street, they again blocked an intersection. They then continued to Carrboro.

As the protesters marched, some Trump supporters shouted their opposition.

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