They say they need a revolution.
Hundreds of protesters calling on President Trump to resign took to the streets of Manhattan on Saturday — starting their day with a rally in Times Square and a plan to pressure the commander-in-chief from workplace.
“One of the things we say is we need to make a wake up call,” stated co-organizer Luis Barrios, 65.
“It’s possible to drive this regime out,” he added. “That’s what we’re doing, educating people, mobilizing people and bringing hope back.”
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The left-wing protesters kicked off as organizers handed out leaflets in regards to the Revolutionary Communist Party, Refuse Fascism and different teams.
Refuse Fascism referred to as for protests in opposition to the Trump administration throughout the nation on Saturday, sparking concern amongst some conservative media shops that the Antifa, brief for anti-fascists, had been planning a civil conflict in response to Trump’s management.
After the rally drew to a detailed in Square round four p.m., demonstrators started marching south on Broadway to a second occasion in Washington Square Park.
The peaceable protests had been deliberate because the one 12 months anniversary of Trump’s election win approaches.
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Three counter-protesters, decked out in T-shirts and hats that confirmed their help of Trump, confronted the group as they made their method south.
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Trump supporter Andrew Gile, 27, of Chelsea, a U.S. Army vet who served in Afghanistan, stood at a barricade on 41st St. carrying a Trump-Pence 2020 shirt.
Gile had a short verbal alternate with a bandanna mask-wearing demonstrator earlier than a police officer broke it up.
“We’re just representing the other side,” Gile stated. “Our premise is the anti-fascist motion is definitely essentially the most fascist motion within the United States proper now. They prefer to oppress opposition. Lots of them consider the state ought to run their life.”
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Once in Washington Square Park, tempers briefly flared when a lady tossed a drink on one of many counter-protesters.
“She said ‘a–hole’ or something like that,” stated Jovi Val, a Trump-loving political activist who typically exhibits up at rallies for each left and right-leaning causes. “I was just shocked.”
The younger lady was seen being detained by police.
Refuse Fascism co-organizer Linda Solotaire, 54, of Brooklyn, stated her group has been emphatic of their messaging that the protest have to be non-violent.
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“We don’t have any control over what other people do,” she stated. “We do talk with these other groups and encourage them to act according the principles we publish.”
Organizers additionally stated the trouble is supposed to imitate the 2011 Arab Spring rebellion.
“That’s the model for what we’re doing,” stated Carl Dix stated. “What we’re trying to accomplish is to initiate a movement that can grow over the coming days and weeks.”
Dix referred to as Saturday’s gathering the start of an indefinite motion meant besides Trump from the White House.
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