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Hundreds protest Donald Trump in NYC

Protesters gathered in front of one of Donald Trump's signature Manhattan buildings Saturday to protest the GOP front-runner

NewsWeek’s Michelle Gorman reports: A few thousand demonstrators gathered and marched in New York City for four hours on Saturday afternoon to protest Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy, in the process passing three of the Republican’s signature Manhattan skyscrapers.

The protest was arranged by a Facebook group called Cosmopolitan Antifascists and supported by immigrant rights activists. The march began near Trump Tower at Columbus Circle; the protesters headed to Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue but were stopped by police barricades there.

“While protesters marched, many held signs and chanted, “Hey, hey, ho, ho, Islamophobia has got to go,” “Get up, get down, immigrants built this town” and “The people united will never be defeated.” Many of their signs alluded to comments Trump has made since declaring his candidacy last June: “Build tolerance, not walls” and “Don’t let bigotry Trump our Constitution.” Other signs expressed some protesters’ overall discontent with the real estate tycoon: “IDK not Trump though” and “NYC is a no-Trump zone,” summarizes Gorman.

When asked, the protesters told that their aim was to demonstrate that no power is as strong as love and that Americans united in groups withstand everything. However, despite the fact that the event was mostly peaceful, the police was heavily present and busy keeping the march under control. There was a statement that a participant was pepper-sprayed, and at least, two were arrested trying to break through a police barricade.

Gorman states: “Since he declared his bid for the presidency, Trump has repeatedly said he wants to build a wall at the southern border of the country to thwart immigration and to implement a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States—to keep out “rapists” and criminals.” Many were offended and disturbed by Trump’s comments. “The comments offended me because I am not a drug dealer, I am not a rapist. I’m a Mexican author,” says protester Malu Huacuja, adding that she has lived in the United States for more than 15 years but originally is from Mexico. “He is fostering stupidity. Trump is perpetuating hatred, violence, Islamophobia,” she says. “This is not what our country stands for.”

Meanwhile, a similar protest took place in Arizona, but a tenser one. Participants closed a highway leading to Trump’s rally in Fountain Hills. Thousands of cars got trapped at the barricade.

“Sheriff’s officials began towing the cars just as the 11 a.m. rally began, but traffic was backed up for miles. Protesters stood in front of the cars chanting, “Who’s streets? Our streets!” and holding banners that read, “Shut down Trump.” Several protesters cabled themselves to their cars to keep them from being towed, but were arrested,” assumes Gorman.

 

By Stefan Paraber for GIA.

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