Over A Thousand UCLA Students Hold A “Love Trumps Hate” Demonstration

UCLA students march across campus for their "Love Trumps Hate" protest that took place on UCLA’s Campus on Thursday, November 10, 2016. The students preached their disappointment with Tuesday's electoral results of Donald Trump win. (Photo by: Adriel Navarro)
UCLA students march across campus for their "Love Trumps Hate" protest that took place on UCLA’s Campus on Thursday, November 10, 2016. The students preached their disappointment with Tuesday's electoral results of Donald Trump win. (Photo by: Adriel Navarro)

This morning, masses of students climbed UCLA’s iconic grassy knolls to congregate in the center of campus to voicing their concerns over the controversial election of our new President, Donald Trump. Students were attempting to squeeze through the mob to get to classes but were blocked by the dense crowd of protesters.

Similar to the protests at Santa Monica College campus, and many others across the country, students especially seem to be distressed by the results. Reactions varied, with some clinging to friends for support and others red faced with anger.  

Students took the opportunity to voice their concerns to the onlooking crowd of millennials. Those that chose to speak up came from diverse backgrounds. All walks of life were present varying in religious, ethnic, and economic backgrounds.

A well known local neighbor to UCLA joined the students at their "Love Trumps Hate" protest to share her opinion on Donald Trump’s Presidential win on UCLA’s Campus on Thursday, November 10, 2016. (Photo by: Adriel Navarro)
A well known local neighbor to UCLA joined the students at their "Love Trumps Hate" protest to share her opinion on Donald Trump’s Presidential win on UCLA’s Campus on Thursday, November 10, 2016. (Photo by: Adriel Navarro)

Over a thousand students gathered and the density of the student body called the attention of anyone nearby. Traffic was at a standstill, classes were disrupted, and the chants of the protestors could be heard ringing throughout the campus.

Reactions varied, but the standout message was “Love Trumps Hate.” The protest could be viewed as more of a student support system and an outlet for all the confusion in the aftermath of the election.

The line for students to speak wrapped around the building and stretched all the way across the campus. Most kept their comments short and to the point, offering words of encouragement and comfort to their fellow students.

Students of all ethnicities joined together to march and preach across UCLA's campus at a "Love Trumps Hate" protest that took place on Thursday, November 10, 2016 in responses to Donald Trump's presidential win. ( Photo by: Adriel Navarro)
Students of all ethnicities joined together to march and preach across UCLA's campus at a "Love Trumps Hate" protest that took place on Thursday, November 10, 2016 in responses to Donald Trump's presidential win. ( Photo by: Adriel Navarro)