Protesters Rally to Ask America to Wall Off Donald Trump, Not Mexico
Roque Planas - The Huffington Post
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July 20, 2016
Immigrant rights activists protest Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during the third day of the Republican convention in Cleveland on July 20, 2016. (Kira Lerner)
A coalition of immigrant rights activists and progressive groups rallied to wall off GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump instead of the U.S.-Mexico border at a protest on Wednesday.
Taking aim at Trump’s repeated proposal to create a massive border wall, several hundred protesters marched from Public Square downtown to the entrance of the Quicken Loans Arena, the main site of the Republican National Convention. There, chanting “Wall off Trump,” they unfurled a series of banners and lined up along several blocks of Prospect Avenue.
“We’re not building a wall that divides,” Marisa Franco, the director of the activist group Mijente, told reporters. “We’re building one that protects our people.”
Alexander McCoy, who spent six years in the U.S. Marine Corps, said he was participating in the symbolic gesture because Trump’s harsh comments about Mexicans and Muslims would undermine security.
“As someone who volunteered to serve and protect our country, I think we draw strength from the diversity of our community,” McCoy, who belongs to a group called Vets Versus Hate, told The Huffington Post. “Turning people against one another especially using racist and bigoted language makes us weaker than any outside enemy.”
“We’re here today to stop this cancer,” activist Tomás Martínez said, describing Trump as a racist who “shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near an atomic bomb.”
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