NEW YORK — While the protest in Arizona was underway, crowds of demonstrators gathered in Manhattan to march from Columbus Circle near Central Park to Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue.
A small skirmish erupted when protesters started throwing water bottles at police, who were trying to keep them from impeding traffic. A handful of protesters were pepper-sprayed and some were arrested.
Along the march, tourists stopped to snap photos.
Protesters carried signs with messages such as “#CrushTrump” and shouted, “Hey, hey / ho, ho / Donald Trump has got to go.”
The march was organized by groups that included immigrant-rights activists and the “Cosmopolitan Antifascists.” A Facebook page for the group said it stands for “inclusion, diversity and human rights.”
One protester, Malu Huacuja, who is Mexican, said she was protesting Trump’s rhetoric on immigration.
“I am not a drug dealer,” she said. “I am not a criminal. I am not a rapist … Hatred is a very dangerous poison in the soul of humanity.”