Hundreds of students protest election of Trump at UConn, other schools

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STORRS — Hundreds of UConn students marched across campus Wednesday afternoon, protesting the election of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States.

"Donald Trump has got to go" and "UConn! Huskies!" were just some of the things students chanted as they yelled and held signs, according to UConn spokesman Tom Breen.

"No Trump, no KKK, no racist USA" was another chant during the protest.

Students took turns speaking out as the rolling rally came to a stop at the Wilbur Cross building. Survivors of sexual assault commented on Trumps denial of sexual assault allegations, according the school's paper, The Daily Campus.

State Senator Mae Flexer and State Rep. Gregg Haddad also attended the protest.

They weren't alone. People around the country participated in similar protests.

Meanwhile, at Simsbury’s Ethel Walker School, students held a "sit-in" to protest president-election Trump. About 30 students at the all-girls school skipped class to protest Wednesday afternoon, according to school spokesperson Michelle Helman.

The students said they are upset and concerned about the election. They believe that  voices of less fortunate will not be heard, people will be marginalized and that opportunities for women will be adversely affected by the change in the political landscape.

The sit-in protest was organized by two students at the private school on Route 202.

Students did miss class and will face detention as a result, Helman said.

And at Quinnipiac, students spoke out about Trump's election.

"I wasn't too happy about it," said Afsha Kasam, a Quinnipiac junior, who, as a woman and a Muslim, felt attacked by the president-elect's campaign rhetoric.

"If you say something about minorities, foreign countries obviously won't talk to you in a manner that is good," she added.

"He's very biased about a lot of people and, I don't think he's fit for the presidency," said Arianna Richards, a UNH freshman.

But other students supported the Republican.

"I was shocked, honestly," said Marisa Drago, A Quinnipiac junior, who also voted for Trump.

But she acknowledged why some others may have been hesitant: "I feel for people that feel that they have something to fear right now," added Drago, who said she wasn't real keen on voting for either candidate, but chose Trump because she is a registered Republican. "I'm hoping that he learns to be a little bit sensitive towards that."

"I think the director announcing that the new 650,000 emails definitely had an effect on it," said Sam Peake, a UNH senior who is a Trump supporter.