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.”