March in New York presses President-elect Donald Trump on diversity, democracy
New York: More than a thousand demonstrators marched on 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 neighbourhood 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 5:00pm (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 on 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.