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Within 24 hours of the election result, thousands of people took to the streets of New York City in protest. Citizens of various political and social concerns carried signs repudiating President-elect Donald Trump, denouncing the system that placed him in power, questioning the validity of the result, and casting doubt about America’s future under his governance. The signs speak of a deep divide between many people and the person President-elect Trump has cast himself to be on the campaign trail. The demonstration reveals the faith many still have in the American value of freedom of speech and its power to reshape the country.

This gallery is from the evening of Wednesday, November 9, 2016, highlighting the signs carried by protesters as they marched from Union Square to Trump Tower in New York City. Some of the images contain graphic language.