ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Protesters were filling up areas of Downtown Albuquerque Wednesday night.
About 65 protesters started on the corner of 1st Street and Central and marched all the way to northbound I-25.
They marched in protest of Donald Trump after he was announced as the new President-Elect.
The protest began peaceful as the group made its way through the streets. However, some protesters were seen spraying spray-paint on buildings along their route later in the night. Protesters also knocked down traffic cones and signs down Central.
As those protesters filled the streets, officers staged themselves a few blocks in front and behind. All the while, many protesters held anti-Trump signs while chanting.
Police say the protesters were blocking traffic on the interstate and were making their way to the Lead, Coal exit on northbound I-25.
Half of the group eventually went home, but the other half climbed up an embankment to block traffic on I-25 at Central. That’s when Albuquerque police and Bernalillo County deputies got involved and dispersed everyone, warning them that they could get arrested if they continued to block traffic.
After being told to disperse, protesters marched back towards the University of New Mexico. It finally ended around 11 p.m. after a brief standoff between officers in riot gear and the remaining protesters. So far, there’s no word on if anyone was arrested.
Nationally, protesters have taken to the streets. In Oakland, police estimate some 7,000 hit the street, lighting garbage fires and blocking roads.
In Dallas, the same thing occurred as protesters marched through downtown. About 200 people held signs and chanted.
In Chicago, thousands gathered outside the Trump Tower there to express their disapproval of the election of Donald Trump.