Tens of thousands of Mexicans took to the streets Sunday to air their grievances against US President Donald Trump and to protest corruption in their home country.
Two separate demonstrations, which together drew an estimated 20,000 people, merged on Mexico City’s main avenue, Paseo de la Reforma, in a march mostly focused on the new US President.
Demonstrators in more than a dozen Mexican cities, dressed in white, waved Mexican flags and anti-Trump placards.
Organisers said they wanted to send a message that Mexico was united against Mr Trump.
They also criticised Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto for failing to tackle corruption and reduce violence.
Protester Maria Amparo Cassar said Mr Trump’s immigration policies were “a threat to the global community”.
“It should not be forgotten that American society was made by migrants and continues to be made by migrants,” she said.
Demonstrators marching through the nation’s capital, Mexico City, carried signs of unity. One banner read: “Gracias, Trump, for unifying Mexico!”
Mr Trump’s plan to build a wall along the US border with Mexico has angered citizens in the country and Mr Pena Nieto has consistently refused to meet the US president’s demands to pay for it.
Mr Trump has already signed an executive order for an “impassable physical barrier” along the US border with Mexico and insisted that the Mexican people reimburse the US.
He has repeatedly said that the wall is necessary to stop the “unprecedented surge” of illegal migrants from Central America.
Building a 2,000-mile barrier along the Mexican border was one of Mr Trump’s key pledges in the election campaign.
Mr Trump’s crackdown on immigration has also created fear among Mexicans living in the US, who may face deportation under the president’s new measures.
On Thursday, Mr Trump signed three executive orders targeting crime and drug cartels with the aim of deporting illegal immigrants who have committed such crimes.
Nearly 80% of Mexicans believe relations between the US and Mexican will be worse in the Trump era than during President Obama’s term in office, according to a poll conducted last month by Mexican newspaper El Universal.
Source: Daily Sun, Dhaka, Bangladesh