Thousands of Mexicans took to streets across their country to protest against U.S. President Donald Trump. Protesters expressed their fierce opposition to Trump, mainly his plans for a border wall and deportation of millions of immigrants, by hoisting anti-Trump signs in English and in Spanish.
Dressed in white and waving the Mexican flag, an estimated 20,000 people marched in the country’s largest cities. Dozens of universities, business associations and civil organizations backed the protest.
Irene Aguilar, a university professor, said the main message of the marchers was to show unity of Mexicans in the face of adversity.
The parade was the first mass protest against the American president in the country as U.S.-Mexican relations heated up after Trump took office and signed an executive order on Mexico border wall.
As a result of the new order, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto canceled his meeting with Trump, which further exacerbated the tense diplomatic situation.
“I'm worried about Trump. He's a racist, he's discriminating against us. What have we done to the United States for them to treat us like this?" said Ruben Rua, a protester.
According to a poll, 80 percent of Mexicans believe that the U.S.-Mexican relations will be worse in the Trump era as compared to the country’s relation during former president Obama’s tenure.
And why wouldn’t they think that? Even before Trump assumed office, during his election campaign, he repeatedly called Mexicans “criminals” and “rapists.”
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