Hundreds of demonstrators march in Paris against U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, many saying that they hope, moving forward, the U.S. becomes a more inclusive and diverse society. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Nearly 600 demonstrators marched through the streets of Paris on Saturday (November 19) to protest against President-elect Donald Trump, who they say will threaten their civil and human rights. Organized by the group "Paris Against Trump", Americans living in the French capital gathered with other residents to express their discontent which they wrote on signs like "Dump Trump" or "Don't grab my uterus", a reference to a 2005 recording that came to light in which he boasted in vulgar terms about trying to grope women. Protester Betsy, who came with two of her friends, said she was worried about Trump's plans for women's rights and the rights of Muslims in the United States. "Donald Trump is threatening women's reproductive rights, he's threatening the well-being of Muslims and Muslim families and so much more and we don't approve of it," she said. Since Trump's surprise victory, thousands of demonstrators in several cities have decried the Republican's campaign promises to restrict immigration and register Muslims, as well as allegations that the former reality-TV star sexually abused women. "I'm here today not necessarily to protest against the people who voted for Trump because I come from a very conservative area of the United States and a lot of my family members back home were of that pool," said protester Jessie. "I do want to firmly make a stand against the ideologies I feel like it condones and I want to make sure that, moving forward America only becomes a more inclusive and diverse society, upholding the rights of women, homosexuals and any other repressed group of society," she added. The demonstrations in the U.S. since the election have been impromptu affairs, quickly organized by young Americans with a diverse array of backgrounds and agendas like Melanie who resides in Paris. "Well it was important for me to come today. I'm American and absolutely against the Trump presidency, mostly because it does not represent at all the America that I've defended for long and notably with its values of diversity and welcoming people from around the world," she said. Protesters marched peacefully holding their signs high and chanting slogans like "Hey hey ho ho Trump has got to go!" under police presence.