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Anti-Trump protests erupt at UMass Amherst

Organizer Kyle Hartmann, a senior theater major, stands among some 100 protesters at UMass Amherst on Wednesday afternoon.
Organizer Kyle Hartmann, a senior theater major, stands among some 100 protesters at UMass Amherst on Wednesday afternoon. (Photo courtesy of Stephanie Murray/Amherst Wire)

After Donald Trump was elected the next US president, scores of students staged a protest at the University of Massachusetts campus in Amherst on Wednesday.

Stephanie Murray, editor-in-chief of the digital student publication Amherst Wire, told the Globe that about 100 students turned out for the 12:30 p.m. protest after the organizer delivered an impassioned speech in class.

Video of the protest shows students streaming out of a building, some holding up signs, and chanting “Love trumps hate.”

Before the impromptu protest, Murray, a 21-year-old junior, described the mood on campus as “bleak.”

“People were tired from staying up, disappointed, sad,” she said. “Then we walked out, and started hearing these screams and chants, and everyone came down the steps. It felt like, finally, people were saying something and doing something.”

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