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Protests Expected as Trump Opens Newest Hotel in Vancouver

Police officials said protest marches were planned for downtown throughout the day
By The News · 28 of February 2017 10:02:10
In this June 19, 2013 photo, Donald Trump, center, gives the thumbs up as he arrives with son Donald Trump Jr., daughter Ivanka Trump and Joo Kim Tiah, CEO and president of Holborn Group, to announce the building of Trump International Hotel and Tower Vancouver in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, No available, photo: AP/Jonathan Hayward

Protests are planned in Vancouver as a new Trump International Hotel and Tower opens in a city known for diversity and progressive politics.

Steel fences surrounded the downtown property early Tuesday ahead of the grand opening ceremony. President Donald Trump’s eldest sons were expected but the mayor of Vancouver and members of his party on the City Council said they would not attend the ceremony.

The 69-story glass and steel tower has won praise for its design and its apartments have set records in a city known for sky-high real estate prices. But Mayor Gregor Robertson and other opponents of the U.S. president’s policies toward immigration said the name of the building should be changed.

Police officials said protest marches were planned for downtown throughout the day.