Thousands of demonstrators across America challenge Trump
People across the US have marked this year’s President’s Day by staging protests to challenge Donald Trump’s presidency.
Americans celebrate the third Monday of February in honor of the first US President George Washington, who was born on February 22, 1732.
In a break with tradition, however, people preferred to spend their federal holiday this year protesting against the 45th president.
In New York, thousands took to the streets to voice their outrage over Trump’s immigration policies, including a Muslim entry ban as well as a wall on the border with Mexico.
Gathering outside the Central Park in Manhattan, nearly opposite the Trump International Hotel and Tower, the activists chanted “No ban, no wall. The Trump regime has got to fall.”
The protesters also carried signs, reading: “I don’t pay taxes to fund a golf weekend,” “Just say no to fascist pigs” and “NO! We refuse to accept a fascist America.”
In Los Angeles, California, over 1,000 protesters marched on City Hall while chanting “Not my President!” The number was significantly smaller than the anti-Trump women’s march on January 21, which was reportedly attended by over 750,000 people.
Separate rallies were also held in Pasadena and also near Disneyland in Anaheim.
In Portland, Oregon, protesters clashed with police after several people were arrested, according to local paper The Oregonian. Police confirmed the arrests on Twitter but did not disclose the number of arrestees and their charges.
Hundreds of protesters descended on Trump Tower in Chicago, Illinois. The tower has seen numerous anti-Trump protests ever since Trump’s inauguration.
The protesters condemned Trump’s attacks on media, describing him as a “jabberwocky terrorist who combats reason with babble & blather.”
Out of over 600 people who had said they would attend the “Impeach Now” rally in Atlanta, only dozens showed up. The official Facebook page for the rally featured the image of a peach cut in half, with Trump’s face as the pit.
A crowd of the same size was going to attend a “Bad Hombres and Nasty Women” event Monday night, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
The protests continued from Sunday, where thousands of people held rallies in New York and 25 other major cities across the US.