by Marieton Pacheco, ABS-CBN News
VANCOUVER — Over a hundred protesters greeted the opening of Trump Tower in Canada’s Vancouver.
Locals say the Trump name was the last thing they wanted in their diverse city.
It was a whole day affair in protest of the tower’s opening. As US President Donald Trump’s two sons, Donald Jr. and Eric attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony inside the hotel, rallyists braved the cold weather outside, to express their dismay.
From colorful posters to handwritten post it notes, Canadians say there was no place for Trump’s brand in their city.
Even city officials were a no show at the event.
Vancouver’s Mayor Gregor Robertson wrote a letter to Trump Tower owner — the Holborn Group — back in December, saying carrying the Trump name had no place in multicultural Vancouver.
“Trump’s name and brand have no more place on Vancouver’s skyline than his ignorant ideas have in the modern world. As Mayor, it is my hope that you and your company will work quickly to remove his brand, and all it represents from your building,” the letter said.
He echoed the sentiments of more than 50,000 people who signed a petition to have the trump name removed at the new tower downtown.
A second protest was held at the Jack Poole plaza later in the day, where a 17-year-old Iranian student organized the “Resist for Peace” event, to stand up against the Trump brand in her beloved city.
“Vancouver is diverse… so many Muslim people, Latinos, Chinese, black people. You can’t bring a man who says something so bad about all of those people into our city, because there’s no room for it. There’s no place for it,” said Canadian student Nora Fadel. “No matter what kind of hate you can bring… no matter what name you put into a building, we will stand against it, in a peaceful and respectful manner.”
Despite protests, Trump’s sons shared the amazing journey that led to the hotel’s opening — including the jobs it created in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
“We had a record number of job applicants for the number of people [permanent workers] we’re gonna fill… to be able to do something special, to be able to change the skyline, to be able to take level of service to the next level,” said Donald Trump Jr. “That’s what this whole building was about.”
“Vancouver’s truly one of the great cities in the world,” said Eric Trump. “One of the most beautiful places in the world; it’s so fitting for the Trump brand.”
The Trump sons added that the tower was just one of the many iconic buildings they opened across the world in the past year.