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In pics: Haitian-Americans protest Donald Trump's 'racism' at Times Square

Protesters carried Haitian flags and signs with messages including 'peace, love, power, dream'

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In pics: Haitian-Americans protest Donald Trump's 'racism' at Times Square
A man dressed as U.S. President Donald Trump participates in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day march starting from Times Square in New York City. Photo: Reuters

Hundreds of Haitian-Americans and others have rallied in Times Square to denounce racism and remarks that President Donald is said to have made disparaging African countries and questioning further US acceptance of Haitian immigrants.

Politicians including Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) joined the demonstration yesterday.

In pics: Haitian-Americans protest Donald Trump's 'racism' at Times Square
People articipate in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day march starting from Times Square in New York City. Photo: Reuters


Protesters carried Haitian flags and signs with messages including "peace, love, power, dream."

Police at one point ushered demonstrators out of space designated for walking, but there were no immediate reports of any arrests.

has been accused of using a vulgarity to describe African nations and questioning why to allow more immigrants from Haiti, rather than countries like Norway.

In pics: Haitian-Americans protest Donald Trump's 'racism' at Times Square
People participate in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day march starting from Times Square in New York City. Photo: Reuters


The Republican has said that the comments "weren't made" and that he's not a racist. He's said he has "a wonderful relationship with Haitians.

says 'I'm not a racist'

Earlier, US President insisted on “I‘m not a racist” in response to reports that he had described immigrants from and African countries as coming from “shithole countries.

In pics: Haitian-Americans protest Donald Trump's 'racism' at Times Square
People participate in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day march starting from Times Square in New York City. Photo: Reuters
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Trump also said he was “ready, willing and able” to reach a deal to protect illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children from being deported but that he did not believe Democrats wanted an agreement. He tweeted earlier on Sunday that the existing program would “probably” be discontinued.


First Published: Tue, January 16 2018. 09:09 IST
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