Protesters in US, Canada slam Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric

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Protesters have disrupted Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s speech at a New York City luncheon, denouncing his recent anti-Muslim rhetoric.

The demonstrators chanted “Trump is trying to bring us down, targeting people black and brown,” and tried to storm a side entrance into the speech on Friday.

Security guards forcibly removed a dozen of them at the $1,000-a-plate event at Manhattan’s The Plaza Hotel.

“Trump is exploiting a racial divide,” Zakarariah Kronemer, a protester, told local media. “It’s leading to violence in the Arab community [in America]. The people must interrupt him anywhere he is invited to speak.”

During the speech, a few protesters stood up to denounce Trump’s recent proposal to bar Muslims from entering the United States.

“I’m really frightened by that kind of rhetoric,” Martha Acklesberg, a member of the group Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, told the Associated Press.

In Canada, pro-refugee and pro-Muslim activists gathered in front of the Trump International Hotel & Tower in Toronto to protest against the billionaire businessman’s anti-Muslim statements.

“We can’t allow hateful anti-Muslim comments like Trump’s to go unchallenged,” said Abu Azam, a House-person at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Toronto. “As a Muslim myself, I am encouraged to see Canadians from all walks of life standing up to reject Trump’s hateful, vile bigotry.”

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