Demonstrators stood in pens that police erected across the street from Trump Tower in Manhattan and lined nearby blocks of Fifth Avenue by early Monday evening
An inflatable caricature of President Donald Trump rises above pedestrians at W. 59th Street and 5th Ave., in New York Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, just three blocks north of Trump Tower. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle), photo: AP/Craig Ruttle
14 of August 2017 19:51:49
NEW YORK – Thousands of protesters and heavy security were ready to greet President Donald Trump as he headed for his home in the city on Monday for the first time since his inauguration.Demonstrators stood in pens that police erected across the street from Trump Tower in Manhattan and lined nearby blocks of Fifth Avenue by early Monday evening, hours before his expected arrival. So did a far smaller crowd of Trump supporters.Some protesters carried signs with such messages as "impeach" and "the White House is no place for white supremacy" as chants including "not my president" and "love, not hate — that's what makes America great" rose above traffic noise. Nearby, an inflatable, rat-like caricature of Trump stood by The Plaza hotel.The Rev. Jan Powell, a retired minister of the United Church of Christ, carried a sign that read "No justice, no peace" as she stood opposite Trump's signature tower.She said she was bothered by the Republican president's response to the white supremacist rally that descended into violence Saturday in Virginia. But "what bothers me the most is when folks like Trump try to silence our First Amendment right to free speech, either with violence or 'fake news' or hate speech," Powell said.Still, she said, "I pray for him every day. We are both human beings."City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, a Democrat, was among the protesters.Meanwhile, about two dozen Trump fans were in a separate pen near The Plaza, chanting "God bless President Trump" and carrying American flags."Now is not the time for divisiveness," read one of their signs.
Trump, a native New Yorker who cherishes his namesake high-rise, said Friday that he had stayed away because he realized the impact of the street closings and other aspects of a presidential visit."I would love to go to my home in Trump Tower, but it's very, very disruptive to do," he said.Protester Gabby Parra, however, said she was demonstrating to show Trump "he's not welcome here.""We need to let him know that New Yorkers and people from around here are not going to accept his blatant idiocy," said Parra, a 17-year-old high school senior from Teaneck, New Jersey.She said she feels the president dehumanizes minorities, noting that he launched his campaign by portraying Mexico as a source of rapists and murderers coming into the U.S. and that he initially failed to denounce white supremacists specifically after Saturday's violence.Trump, under pressure after initially condemning what he called an "egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides," on Monday declared that "racism is evil" and described members of the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and white supremacists who take part in violence as "criminals and thugs."
Thousands at anti-Trump protest in NYC, packed in at every corner around Trump Tower, stretching out for blocks. pic.twitter.com/ZssrJGd2px— Keegan Stephan (@KeeganNYC) 14 de agosto de 2017
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