Thousands protest in LA as President Trump takes oath

by Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News

LOS ANGELES, CA — Thousands have already begun protesting in the Southland, as the Donald Trump presidency began on Jan. 20.

Filipinos kicked off the actions with an evening of prayer in West Hollywood on Thursday night, praying for peace and unity especially marginalized communities as the the Trump administration took over.

 “We reject the rhetoric of bigotry and hate, and share a vision for America that gives equal rights and opportunities for all people,” said APAIT’s Peter Cruz. “May our love bless the President-elect, our community, and our country.” 

Immigrant rights activists at the Coalition for Humane Immigration Reform Los Angeles gathered to watch the ceremony on Friday.

Minutes after Donald Trump took his oath of office, these activists — many of them undocumented immigrants — took to the phone lines, calling for the White House to continue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, and to create immigration reform.  

In downtown LA, a much different vibe — with umbrellas, placards, and a larger-than-life blow up Trump statue, thousands braved the heavy winter storms as they marched throughout the streets. 

Los Angeles sheriffs have issued statements in support of people expressing their opinions. However, they are warning activists to follow laws and to respect authorities as they assemble. 

 The actions have just begun. Several more protests throughout Southern California are scheduled to take place over the weekend, as many anticipate what the new President’s first move will be.

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    23 January 2017 at 10:16 am - Reply

    Who in the hell you Filipinos in LA think you are to protest about our president Donald Trump, look this not your country, this is my country that I was born in, if you all don’t agree with Donald Trump begin our 45th president, go back to Philippines where you all belong. So stop it now before you all get kick out of our country.