Anti-Trump demonstrators to join hands around Lake Merritt

A peaceful demonstration in response to Donald Trump’s election as U.S. president is planned for this afternoon at Oakland’s Lake Merritt.

The event, called Hands Around Lake Merritt, calls for community members to gather around all 3.4 miles of the lake and join hands, symbolizing “healing and empowerment through standing together in solidarity, widening our embrace with all those impacted by this presidential election,” according to a Facebook event page.

The gathering is set to begin at 3 p.m., followed by dispersing throughout the perimeter of the lake. At 3:45 p.m., participants will lock arms or join hands around the lake.

Drums and singing will follow from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m., organizers said.