Thousands gather for global anti-Trump protests

February 12, 2017 10:30 pm
A man holds an effigy of President wearing a Mexican hat during a march to protest against Trump’s proposed border wall in Mexico City, Mexico, on February 12, 2017. (Photos by Reuters)
Thousands of people have taken part in global protests against US President Donald Trump’s policies.
On Sunday, around 20 cities in Mexico were the scene of vast protests against Trump’s anti-Mexican rhetoric and his calls for Mexico to pay for his controversial border wall.
Protesters in Mexico City carried a large banner reading, “Mexico must be respected, Mr. Trump,” while they marched down the city’s main avenue.
“We’re here to make Trump see and feel that an entire country, united, is rising up against him and his xenophobic, discriminatory and fascist stupidity,” said one protester.
After taking office, Trump ordered the design and construction of a wall along the 2,000-mile US-Mexico border and later floated the idea of imposing a 20-percent import tax on Mexican goods to cover the cost of building the wall.
He has also called illegal Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals, and has vowed to deport some 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the shadows in .  
Protests against Trump in Belgium and Tokyo
Meanwhile in Brussels, demonstrators gathered outside the US embassy in protest of Trump’s recent travel ban against people coming from seven Muslim-majority countries—Iran, Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Sudan, and Somalia.
The ban was later revoked by the US federal court, but Trump has stated that he will consider other options.
Protesters also gathered in the Japanese capital city Tokyo, where they expressed their outrage over the controversial measures taken by Washington since Trump took office.
A large number of US citizens were also present in the rally.
“I believe this is the greatest threat America has faced in quite a while and I think we Americans have been over confident in the fact that it can’t happen to us and so I think we are a bit unprepared,” a protester told the Press TV correspondent in Tokyo.
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