New Yorkers rally to support Muslims during Trump's presidency
"I am Muslim too" demonstrators carried flags and posters with messages of support towards Muslims under a Donald Trump presidency. Pictured here is an anti-Trump rally in New York City, November 11, 2016.
Reuters New York, NY, United States
Feb 20, 2017, 03.16 AM
Demonstrators gathered at a pro-Muslim rally in New York's Times Square on Sunday organised in response to the Trump administration's travel ban.
Demonstrators carried flags and posters with messages of support towards Muslims, many of whom have been affected by President Trump's executive order that curtailed the entry of citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries.
The "I am Muslim Too" rally brought together demonstrators of different faiths and walks of life, including celebrities Susan Sarandon and Russell Simmons.
"He (Trump) will leave a legacy of hate and America is moving towards greater love. All of the diversity that we see here today will prevail and Americans will go back to moving towards a more loving place," said Simmons, who hosted the event.
"I'm here to indicate particularly with regard to the Muslim ban that we are here to stand for each other, that we're here to defend immigrants and refugees, to protect one another in this situation of such hatred and we're here all as one," said New York rabbi Rolando Matalon.
Trump's original order, which he said was meant to head off attacks by Islamist militants, barred people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering for 90 days and excluded all refugees for 120 days, except those from Syria, who were banned indefinitely.
The ban was struck down in court, but the administration is weighing a new version of Trump's executive order that aims to put restrictions on citizens of the same seven Muslim-majority countries covered by the initial order, according to the Wall Street Journal, which cites an internal State Department memo.