Published: Thu, February 16, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Thousands of Mexicans protest against Trump

CITY - (AP) - About 20,000 people staged a march through Mexico's capital Sunday demanding respect for their country and its migrants in the face of perceived hostility from the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump.

He said Mexican consulates in the United States have received at least three times as many daily phone calls from anxious citizens there as before news of possible ramped-up deportations under Trump. One of the banners read: "Gracias, Trump, for unifying Mexico!".

Trump signed an executive order last month calling for construction to begin on the border wall, a signature campaign promise that he has vowed Mexico will pay for - even as the Republican-controlled Congress makes plans to initially fund the wall with US tax money.

"It's time we citizens combine forces and unite our voices to show our indignation and rejection of President Trump, while contributing to the search for concrete solutions", said the coalition organising the marches, according to a report in Times Live.

"This is a march for dignity", she said.

Smaller marches were held in other Mexican cities Sunday.

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The march also featured many signs supporting Mexican migrants living in the United States.

A university professor, who wore a shirt that read "Nasty Women Keep Fighting - a reference to Trump calling electoral rival Hillary Clinton a "nasty woman" - said Trump's policies need to be countered by a stronger Mexican government".

It seems to me that Donald Trump has taken us back to medieval times.

As the protests began to unfold, Mexican presidential hopeful Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced he will be visiting the USA to address both Mexicans and Americans in Los Angeles about Trump's "poisonous" rhetoric.

Last week, immigration agents conducted numerous raids around the country, scooping up hundreds of undocumented immigrants.

At least we have a natural moat that doesn't have to be built separating Texas from Mexico.

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