By Joe Holden and Kristen Johanson
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Protests against President-Elect Donald Trump got underway around 5:00 p.m. on Thursday night, marking the second straight day of demonstrations over him being elected president.
Chopper 3 was live over Center City where some protesters gathered. The protests came amid word that some of those who were displeased with the result of the election, took to vandalism at City Hall on Wednesday night.
Philadelphia Police told commuters to expect delays. They add that a group of approximately 1,000 people marched on JFK Boulevard heading towards 30th Street.
The signs throughout the protests have made it clear of the displeasure that the demonstrators have for a President Trump. The rally started with a gathering of hundreds of people outside of the Municipal Services Building before the marching began.
Police said that Wednesday’s protest was peaceful and they expected the same for Thursday. They estimated that as many as 1,000 people protested on Wednesday night.
Officers characterized the protest as uneventful.
“For the most part, they were peaceful,” said Lt. John Stanford. He added that they were a couple instances along the way of people setting fires, some burning flags. A photo was also snapped of city workers cleaning the words “Not My President,” off of City Hall.
Officers say it is important to strike a balance between people expressing themselves and the safety of others.
“(I am) cycling through sadness, numbness, rage, and hoping it will all culminate in an energy that is able to make change,” said one protester said on Thursday nigth, speaking of how the past two days has affected her.
Both men, and women, from all walks of life moved through city streets, with candles and signs in hands. The group repetitively chanted: “I say up with the people, yea-yea, I say down with Trump, boo-boo!”
“I am terrified of the racism and xenophobia, misogyny and bigotry,” one woman said. “I just can’t stay silent,” said another.
“I am just so mad at this moment, I needed to vent,” said one man. “President-elect Trump doesn’t represent me.”
“I feel optimistic with all the protests popping up around the country, but he is still our president, and we can’t really change that,” said Will, who joined the march.
Those who marched, weaved through city streets, sometimes stopping traffic.
Back at the MSB building, people gathered around a large red banner, that read: Fight hate with Love