Thousands of Protesters March in Mexico Against President Trump
- Author: Tracy Ferguson Feb 14, 2017,
Feb 14, 2017, 0:18
The demonstration is turning out to be the country's biggest anti-Trump rally yet and has been joined by some 20 other cities in the country.
Videgaray said in a television interview that Mexican consulates in the United States have received three times as many phone calls from citizens there as before the USA election in November, after Trump promised during his campaign to deport millions of undocumented migrants.
The protesters on Sunday marched down the capital's main avenue in the Mexico City under the supervision of thousands of police personnel. "I also have tremendous respect for the leaders of Mexico, who, frankly, are much smarter and tougher than our politicians here in the United States", Trump said a few days after he announced his campaign bid in 2015.
Numerous protesters dressed in white and carried Mexican flags, in a show of unity against Trump, who is seeking to build a border wall and renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico.
"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 Rosas, a literature student at the National Autonomous University of Mexico was quoted as saying by AFP.
"We want bridges not walls", one protestor's sign read.
"I am personally offended by the mainstream media's attempt to distort my comments regarding Mexico and its great people. No immigrant raids. No aggression to Mexico", the professor said".
As the protests began to unfold, Mexican presidential hopeful Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced he will be visiting the United States to address both Mexicans and Americans in Los Angeles about Trump's "poisonous" rhetoric.
Kellyanne Conway, top adviser to President Donald Trump stated that Trump expects Mexico to pay for the wall.