March in NY presses Trump on di­ver­sity, democ­racy

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

More than a thousand demon­stra­tors marched Satur­day in New York from the Queens bor­ough where Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump was born to Trump Tower, call­ing for di­ver­sity and the de­fense of demo­cratic val­ues.

Marchers crossed the bridge that con­nects Queens to Man­hat­tan un­der a sunny sky be­fore ar­riv­ing out­side the home and tran­si­tion head­quar­ters of the real es­tate de­vel­oper and ex-re­al­ity TV host. “We know that our di­ver­sity makes us stronger: Trump may have grown up here, he is no longer Queens to­day,” said openly gay New York City Coun­cil Mem­ber Jimmy Van Bramer, who is from Queens and called for the march.

He re­ceived an anonymous ho­mo­pho­bic death threat by email on Thurs­day, which po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing. Hate speech has been on the rise since Trump’s largely un­ex­pected elec­tion, ac­cord­ing to the South­ern Poverty Law Cen­ter, which seeks to track and com­bat racism.

Trump, 70, was born and raised in the pros­per­ous Ja­maica Es­tates neigh­bor­hood in Queens. The area was very white; now it is much more di­verse. Demon­stra­tors, many wav­ing rain­bow flags in sup­port of the gay com­mu­nity, car­ried signs that read: “Queens will re­sist ha­tred,”“No to fas­cism” and “Stop racism.”

The demon­stra­tion broke up with­out in­ci­dent shortly be­fore 5:00 pm (22H00 GMT). Trump Tower has been the scene of nu­mer­ous protests since the bil­lion­aire real es­tate mogul won the elec­tion a week and a half ago. Trump Satur­day was spend­ing his first week­end out­side Man­hat­tan since the elec­tion, meet­ing with can­di­dates for his cabi­net at one of his golf clubs in nearby New Jersey.—AFP

NASHVILLE: Con­gress­man/Civil Rights Icon John Lewis views for the first time im­ages and his ar­rest record for lead­ing a non­vi­o­lent sit-in at Nashville’s seg­re­gated lunch coun­ters, March 5, 1963.—AFP

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