Thousands protest Trump's presidency before Trump Tower in New York.
people protest against Donald Trump's presidential election victory outside the Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in New York, the United States, Nov. 9, 2016. (Xinhua/Li Changxiang)
NEW YORK, Nov. 10 (Xinhua) -- As many as 5,000 people gathered Wednesday night in front of Trump Tower in New York City to protest the billionaire's election as president.
The demonstration started at 4 p.m. (2100 GMT) with only a dozen protesters in front of the Trump Tower, residence and campaign headquarters of the president-elect.
In just a couple of hours, the small gathering snowballed into a massive demonstration that filled the Fifth Avenue stretching several blocks.
Holding such signs as "Not my president," "Our city does not support hate," and chanting "We reject the president-elect," the protesters, mostly young people, were visibly angry and upset.
"I felt agony, betrayed and despair," Sarah Curry described her feelings after learning that Trump has won the election.
"I don't know the future of our country and it terrifies me," Curry said.
Protesters had also raised many issues against Trump, including immigration, health care and women's rights. Many also questioned the country's electoral system that allowed Trump to snatch the presidency without winning the popular vote.
The city's police force was on high alert during the demonstration that dragged into the next morning. Traffic was cut off around the premises, and several street-cleaning trucks were deployed in front of the entrance of the building to prevent protesters from rushing in.
As a traditional Democratic stronghold, nearly 58 percent of voters in the State of New York cast ballots for Hillary Clinton, compared with 37 percent for Trump, according to official figures.
New York City leans blue in a more dramatic fashion. In New York County where the Trump Tower is located, an overwhelming 86 percent of the votes went to Clinton.