Mexico: Protesters march against President Trump

On Thursday, Trump signed three executive orders targeting crime and drug cartels with the aim of deporting illegal immigrants who have committed such crimes.

Mexico: Protesters march against President Trump


As US President Donald Trump continues to fulfill his campaign promises against immigrants and Mexico border wall, Mexicans took it to streets to protest against Trump's policies and corruption in their homeland.


The demonstrations drew in an estimated 20,000 people, merged on Mexico City's main avenue, Paseo de la Reforma, in a march mostly focused on the new US President.


Reports said that the marchers convened on the avenue near the US embassy, where riot police and barricades were staked out. A sea of Mexican flags and anti-Trump signs surrounded one of the city's main monuments, the Angel of Independence, a block from the embassy. One man burned a doll of Trump, much to the laughter from the crowd.






This comes amid protests in the United States against Trump and the administration's deportations of undocumented immigrants as well as his executive order barring travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the country.


Arguing in favor of his steps, President Trump on Sunday said that the deportations should come as no surprise. "The crackdown on illegal criminals is merely the keeping of my campaign promise," the President tweeted.


CNN reported that Trump's treatment of undocumented immigrants was the prime complaint among the protesters. His plan to make Mexicans pay for a border wall has also drawn the ire of many. In an interview to CNN News18, Mexico envoy said Mexico won't pay for the border wall, instead, US taxpayers will have to pay for it.


Beyond immigration, protesters were also concerned about the possibility of new taxes on Mexican goods and remittances, as well as the prospect of the United States withdrawing from a trade deal with Mexico.



According to a poll conducted last month by Mexican newspaper El Universa, nearly 80 per cent f Mexicans believe relations between the US and Mexican will be worse in the Trump era than during President Obama's term in office.



Trump's crackdown on immigration has also created fear among Mexicans living in the US, who may face deportation under the president's new measures. On Friday, Mexico's foreign ministry warned its citizens in the US to "take precautions" and keep in touch with Mexican consulates in America.






On Thursday, Trump signed three executive orders targeting crime and drug cartels with the aim of deporting illegal immigrants who have committed such crimes.