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Christopher Dornblaser
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When Donald Trump won the 2016 election, 14-year-old Unique Fields, of York City, was alarmed.

Unique Fields displays his anti-Trump signs during a protest he organized in Continental Square on Friday afternoon.

"My gut reaction was: How am I gonna get through this?" the Devers K-8 student said.

However, just one day after the election results came in, Unique decided to plan a protest. On Friday afternoon, he came to Continental Square packed with five anti-Trump signs, ready to have his voice be heard.

Unique was unhappy that Trump's opponent, Hillary Clinton, won the popular vote but not the Electoral College, meaning that Trump would be the president-elect.

"I feel like the people's voice wasn't heard," Unique said.

Unique Fields, 14, of York City, holds an anti-Trump sign during his protest in Continental Square on Friday.

That's what prompted him to take a stand.

Protest: Unique planned a peaceful anti-Trump rally at the square Friday afternoon, just 24 hours after Yorkers protested on that same spot for the same cause.

He had signs proclaiming "Dump Trump," "Not My President" and "Impeach Trump," but he opted to go with a "Not My America" sign to hold up.

Aside from saying he thought the voice of the people had not been heard, he was concerned about what a Trump presidency might mean for his immigrant friends. Unique said he did not want to see them sent away.

"This country was built on immigrants," he said. "How are you going to send everybody away?"

He also was afraid of how Trump might be seen by other countries, countries Unique said could "obliterate" the United States.

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Kids: While Friday's protest wasn't nearly as well-attended as Thursday's, a few others came out to support his cause. Among them was local activist John Beck, who gave out free hugs to people in the street.

"I'm absolutely all about this right now," Beck said.

The York City resident said people in Unique's generation should be doing more of what Unique was doing.

"We need more youth ... they're the future," he said.

Even though Unique couldn't vote, he did his part before Election Day by asking others to vote, for either candidate. Asked how kids his age could get involved in politics to make a difference, he had this to say:

"Making their voices heard."

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.