NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Immigrants and their advocates added their voices on Sunday to those who have been marching and protesting Donald Trump’s presidential win.
Organizers said they were speaking out against Trump’s support of deportation and other measures as they marched in Manhattan.
They carried signs in English and Spanish saying things like “Hate won’t make us great,” and chanted, “We are here to stay.”
More than 1,000 people joined the march that started mid-afternoon and extended into the evening.
As WCBS 880’s Mike Smeltz reported, the protest on Sunday took over Central Park South for most of the afternoon – starting at the Trump International Hotel in Columbus Circle, and snaking its way east toward Trump Tower before ending back at Columbus Circle.
“We are here to support our families — our families; our children; people who are undocumented,” said Angel Chelaba of Roselle Park, New Jersey.
“We don’t know if one day they will come to our houses, knock on our door and be deported right there,” said Antonio Alarcon of Queens.
Protester Rachel Chost held a “love trumps hate” sign. She said she knows the rallies would not impact policy.
“Well, I don’t think it’s going to change Trump’s mind or any of his future cabinet, but certainly I hope it will give courage to people who feel targeted and who feel isolated and feel scared,” Chost said.
Chost said she expects the protests to keep going through Inauguration Day.
Demonstrations were also held again Sunday throughout the country — and the world.
It was the latest in days of demonstrations across the country, and even throughout the world. Protests were held Sunday in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia and more cities.
Several hundred protesters Sunday marched around Philadelphia’s City Hall and then down Market Street to Independence Mall, carrying signs and chanting “Donald Trump has got to go!” and “This is what democracy looks like.”
In Los Angeles, a few hundred people gathered outside CNN’s Los Angeles headquarters, and in San Francisco, hundreds of people, including many families with children, marched from Golden Gate Park to Ocean Beach chanting “Love trumps hate!” On Saturday, an estimated 8,000 marched through downtown.
Also Sunday, about 800 people marched through the state capital of Sacramento and hundreds others formed a human chain around the nearly 3.5-mile perimeter of Oakland’s Lake Merritt. Rallies in Oakland have at times become unruly, but those who came to the lake held hands and chanted, “We reject the president-elect.”
Two were arrested in local protests Saturday night.
Thousands of protesters marched from Union Square to Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue Saturday. Once the crowds arrived at Trump Tower in the afternoon, they spanned all the way down to West 51st Street.
The areas surrounding the president-elect’s Midtown home has become like a fortress, with the Secret Service and NYPD going to extremes to protect the future president, CBS2’s Ali Bauman reported.
All politics aside, it’s the businesses near Trump Tower that seem to be bearing the brunt of the protests. Police barricades that are keeping marchers contained are also keeping shoppers, diners and residents away from the storefronts.
“In the long run hopefully they’ll find a rhythm that will allow people to have access and at the same time they can express themselves.
High-end stores along the heart of Fifth Avenue, like Wempe Jewelry, have more workers than customers inside, and police lined the sidewalks instead of shoppers.
“The last few days, yeah we did suffer a little bit,” Wempe Jewelry President Ruby Albers said. “In the long run, hopefully they’ll find a rhythm that will allow people to have access and at the same time they can express themselves.”
Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, one of Donald Trump’s most reliable surrogates, said protesters around the nation are exaggerating the fear of a Trump presidency.
He said he wishes that Hillary Clinton, the former Democratic presidential nominee, and President Barack Obama would say something the protesters.
“I just hope it calms down,” Giuliani says on ABC’s “This Week.”
Giuliani said the protesters should respect the democratic process and calls them “kind of like professional protesters.”
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he was “inspired” by the protesters’ willingness to “engage’ rather than “resign themselves and walk away.”
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