Thousands protest Trump in Mexico City

16 February, 2017, 01:16 | Author: Essie Rivera
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Former Mexican President Vicente Fox, who emphatically informed U.S. President Donald Trump Mexico would not pay for his border wall, Monday warned his country would not be cut out of the North American Free Trade Agreement either.

Fox said Mexico would not sit still if Canada and the United States decide on a bilateral deal to replace NAFTA.

The march, which was themed around the idea of unity, included about 20,000 protesters.

Trump has said he wants to renegotiate NAFTA, calling the deal one-sided and blaming it for gutting USA manufacturing.

A similar meeting with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto scheduled for January 31 was canceled by Pena Nieto after Trump said there would be no point to the meeting if Mexico was unwilling to pay for the border wall and blamed NAFTA for US job losses.

"We're here to make Trump see and feel that an entire country, united, is rising up against him and his xenophobic, discriminatory and fascist stupidity", said Rosas, a literature student at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Those comments have not gone unnoticed in Mexico.

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The Los Angeles Times reported that one sign read: "Trump, pay for your own wall!"

Videgaray added that in some US states over the past three or four days, there had been signs of changes in some procedures relating to the treatment of undocumented migrants, and that in California, there had been more visible operations against migrants. "They are hardworking, friendly people". This is Albert Saint Jean, a Haitian-American fellow with the Black Alliance for Just Immigration, addressing Mayor Bill de Blasio at the protest Saturday.

"It is 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 behind the marches. "Mexico has never been so threatened and never have we had a government so incompetent".

Some protesters called on Peña Nieto to resign.

Trump, who launched his presidential campaign calling Mexican immigrants "criminals" and "rapists", has infuriated the US' southern neighbour.

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