Latino, Muslim and LGBT Groups at Trump Tower Protest

(Photo by Héctor Calderón via Diario de México)

(Photo by Héctor Calderón via Diario de México)

More than 500 people convened by ACT UP New York, including representatives from Muslim, Latino and LGBTQ organizations, gathered in front of the Trump Tower on 5th Avenue located between 56th and 57th streets in Manhattan to protest presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Demonstrator Carmen Aponte, of Puerto Rican descent, told Diario de México USA: “If he wins, he will only help rich people, and that would be absurd. The same goes to trying to expel so many Hispanics out of the country, who are the key to the U.S. economy.”

Brooke Cerda-Guzmán said: “This candidate would be a total disaster for this country in every way.”

Artists also expressed their opinion on the topic. “I believe that Trump is a racist and a dictator, a hateful man who has no place among those of us who want peace in this nation,” said Peruvian-American poet and musician Lorena Ambrosio.

For her part, demonstrator Carmen Cruz said: “This country does not deserve to have a president like Trump. He would cause terrible harm to the U.S. Incidents like Orlando would become the common denominator in this country.”

Ibán Pérez, born in Puebla, Mexico, said: “Whoever supports Trump has the same racist mentality as him: that divisive ideology, which attacks and offends just to get votes.”

Leonor Hernández, from Mexico City, said: “I am here to support the gay community and, of course, Mexicans in the U.S. If I had Trump in front of me, I would tell him that he must respect the constitution of the United States of America.”

The organizations in attendance also voiced their concerns. “The LGBTQ community is a rainbow coalition of races and religious beliefs. While we stand united against any kind of religious bigotry, we will not stand silent while our Muslim LGBTQ brothers and sisters continue to be targets of hate speech,” said Tom Blake, a member of ACT UP New York.

“Just over a week after the slaughter of dozens of LGBTQ people at Pulse in Orlando, Donald Trump is seeking the support and the endorsement of groups who have – for decades – advocated hatred, discrimination, and violence against our community,” said James Krellenstein, another ACT UP New York member.

“By continuing to embrace, rather than condemn these hate groups, Donald Trump and the Republican Party are spitting on the victims of the Orlando massacre,” he added.

Protesters chanted slogans such as “No to racism,” “Down with Trump,” “We don’t want a racist president” and “No to discrimination,” among others. There was also a verbal altercation between the demonstrators and a small group of Trump supporters.

Go to Diario de México for more photos from the protest.

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