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Thousands March in Manhattan on Second Day of Protests of Trump Refugee Ban

(DNAINFO) Noah  Horowitz and Gwynn Hogan | January 29, 2017 — Thousands of New Yorkers rallied in Battery Park against an entry ban on people from seven nations.

Thousands of New Yorkers gathered in Battery Park Sunday to protest President Donald Trump’s executive order banning entry to refugees and other travelers from seven majority-Muslim nations.

The rally, which organizers estimated at more than 30,000 people, came on the heels of more than a dozen people being detained at John F. Kennedy Airport as a result of the order.

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The protesters, led by a host of elected city, state, and congressional officials, then marched to Foley Square.

Caleb Pam, 28, of Brooklyn, said he was motivated to come to the rally after seeing a teenager hurl racial slurs on the subway on Sunday.

“This should not be happening in 2017,” he said. “For anyone who’s not speaking up, they have to speak out.”

Although the rally was announced less than 24 hours in advance, so many people had arrived in Battery Park by the official start time of 1 p.m. that the crowd was backed up to the edges of the park. And several hours later, the march stretched more than a mile and a half from Battery Park to Foley Square.

The rally included speeches from Sen. Chuck Schumer, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, Comptroller Scott Stringer, and Public Advocate Letitia James, along with activists including Linda Sarsour of the Arab American Association of New York and Javier Valdés of Make the Road New York.

Source: Thousands March in Manhattan on Second Day of Protests of Trump Refugee Ban – Battery Park City – DNAinfo New York