Anti-Trump Protesters Hold Peaceful Demonstrations in California

In Downtown Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego County, protesters unhappy with President Donald Trump and the haphazard White House took to the streets during the first weekend of November to engage in political rallies, marches and gatherings. According to a news report published by the Los Angeles Times, the demonstrations were remarkably peaceful, a welcome development after months of riotous protests that often resulted in arrests, vandalism and injuries.

The protests took place across other major American cities such as Boston, Chicago and New York. In Los Angeles, police officers had to intervene a couple of times to arrest demonstrators and to prevent physical confrontations between protesters and the few Trump supporters who showed up. The march moved peacefully from Pershing Square to the Grand Central Market district.

Trump supporters assembled on Hill Street to express their concern over "communist values" being pushed across the United States; it was in this section of the march that an arrest took place when a protester and a Trump supporter got into a physical altercation. Hundreds of LAPD officers were deployed across various downtown districts, but they were not called into action.

Opposition to the Border Wall

In southern San Diego County, residents of Imperial Beach, a coastal town made famous by the cult HBO series "John From Cincinnati," pro-immigration activists gathered to present an alternative proposal to a border wall: a friendship park that would overlap the border and provide a new port of entry.

This part of the border between the United States and Mexico has always been a major crossing point for illegal immigrants; there is a small park on the Sand Diego side and an upper-class suburb on the Tijuana side. There are also two fences that separate the two countries, and they are supposed to be replaced by a concrete border wall that is the most important campaign promise made by Donald Trump during his controversial campaign.

Concerned American and Mexican citizens do not want a wall because it would take away from the current practice of allowing immigrant families to gather at the border and embrace relatives a few times per year. Protesters believe that a Friendship Park along with a port of entry for pedestrian travelers is a better idea.

In California, border crossing points are routinely saturated and do not offer gathering facilities for cross-border family reunions. Protesters believe that an official port of entry with a park would improve transnational relations.


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